Advice for Creating Well-Rounded Antagonists and Protagonists

Characters are an important element of any story. In order to create a dynamic story and avoid cardboard cutout characters, writers need to spend time developing protagonists (your main characters) and antagonists (your opposing characters) that keep readers engaged. Author and writing instructor Christina Hoag says the key to dynamic characters is making them well-rounded. For example, your protagonist can't be all good - he/she must have a flaw. And, your antagonist can't be all bad - he/she must have a redeeming quality. To be relatable and believable, characters need to be balanced...and imperfect.

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