Over the course of writing a novel, you should show the entire spectrum of your character’s personality. We should see their best qualities and their worst qualities on display at some point in the novel.
One of the interesting things about human beings is that personality traits can cut both ways. What might be a strength could also manifest as a weakness depending on the situation or whether the character is unable to manage it.
A character might be brave, but that also could lead them to be reckless. They might be idealistic, but also naive.
Use this list to brainstorm ideas for showing the flip side of your characters’ strengths and weaknesses:
Can you think of any I missed? Leave a comment and I’ll add them to the post!
But wait, there’s more!
• Need help with your book? I’m available for manuscript edits, query critiques, and coaching!
• For my best advice, check out my guide to writing a novel (now available in audio) and my guide to publishing a book.
• And if you like this post: subscribe to my newsletter!
Art: Samson and Delilah by Cranach the Younger