Memorial day is all about honoring those who gave everything they had to give for our country. I want to thank each and every one of them. This picture is of my dad, who didn't die in a war, but he died because of one. For his story go to my special post on author Catherine West's blog. Those who gave so much are heroes. Though my dad was not perfect in many ways he was a hero to me. Which leads me to think of heroes in the literary world and in my own writing.
There is nothing so wonderful as a flawed hero. Through their quirks and flaws we learn to sympathize with them and love them. Such things make them more human, more relatable. But there is more to them than that, so much more. Think of your hero, or take mine for example. I'll use my favorite literary hero, Buffy. Aside from her fun, relatable quirks, what makes Buffy my hero? For one she's a girl that kicks but and doesn't need anyone to take care of her, yet at the same time she understands the value of friendship and loyalty. But the deep down part that really makes her a hero is her self-sacrifice, the way she puts it all on the line to fight the good fight. It is that final quality that Buffy has in common with many of my favorite heroes, both literary and real life.
Every bit of that is important to bring out in the heroes of our novels, what makes them who they are and why. For more help on the subject check out what my friend Stina on Seeing Creative wrote on characters last week. The first is Creating Non-Stereotypical Characters, and the other is Realizing Your Character's Fears. For more in honoring heroes both in your writing and real life, join us tonight at 6pm PT on Twitter for the #WritersRoad chat.