Have you ever experienced that heart stopping moment when you realise you have a whiny character?
Have you created a character who repeatedly complains at length (be it internally or externally) about the problems facing them, and does nothing significant to address their problems?
For the record, I would rather tackle a rebellious or unruly character than tussle with a whiny character.
In recent years I have heard writing friends admit they have an issue with a Debbie Downer type character. After casting them a worried look, I would tell them everything will work out and when they were not listening whisper to myself ‘this will never happen to me…my characters are always cheery!’
I thought other writers suffered with this issue. This was until some reviewers kindly drew my attention to the whiny main character in my second draft. Gasp, followed by sharp intake of breath.
Whiny characters have…
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