- File Size: 472 KB
- Print Length: 112 pages
- Publisher: Fairchild Press; 1.0 edition (March 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007PTQKXA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Editor Devil's Guide to Characters (The Editor Devil Guides Book 2) Kindle Edition
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For example: in this passage she has blurred the antagonist and protagonist in deep verbal fog and (for a so-called editor, has made some silly errors - such as plural protagonists for protagonist).
Whether the character is a protagonists (good guy) or antagonist (bad guy or blocking force) they should have a Heart. Even if the protagonist's heart is blackened, he/she should have a soft spot for something, someone, or somewhere. That makes him/her human, and therefore more three dimensional. Most villains have a weakness, and this is usually a humane side of them.
Another example: she does not know the the difference between 'rouse - to awaken' and 'ruse - to deceive'
The villain's Wants/Needs should be in direct conflict with the hero/heroine's. If their wants align, it's usually a rouse or to show how much the characters are alike, which complicates them. But their key goals, or endgame, must be at odds.
That proposition is also dubious because if the villain and the protagonists key goals must be 'at odds' that means they must be the same. If they are different there is no crossing of paths and no conflict. That fundamental proposition, that the villain and the protagonist almost certainly want the same thing or that their paths must cross is not well argued here or in many self-published 'how-to' books. An editor would have put this proposition under the forensic microscope and insisted that the author remove the fog that surrounds the proposition as she currently has it.
Having said that. If you can overlook the error-prone, brash overconfidence of the work, it has a lot to like and contains a lot to help a beginning writer - even with the errors and faux pas. So, yes, it is worth the asking price - but please Amazon, insist that self-published books have been worked through by an editor and not just a self-proclaimed editor/author.
The Editor Devil's Guide to Characters (The Editor Devil Guides)