Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Flawsomeness

Please forgive my tendency to create new words. I probably screwed up the spelling too but anywho...

Definition: Flawsomeness. noun. The quality which makes a fictional person less than perfect, and yet that much more attractive as a character.

In writing my current WIP, I had the feedback that my MC was too perfect. She adapts to a new harsh environment with ease. She adapts to a new parent with grace. She learns to kick ass without any problems.

Translation? Boring MC. How can anyone relate to a person who can't do anything wrong? So I infused her with flawsomeness. Now she's stubborn, occasionally snooty, charmingly clumsy when wearing a dress. And I like her so much more.

So how much flawsomness do your characters possess?

14 comments:

Jana Hutcheson said...

You know, I was just thinking about this last night. I've started a new project, and I've got to decide who my MC really is. In my mind, she's pretty perfect, but you're right-this doesn't translate into an interesting character. Guess I'm trying to decide what the flaws in her flawsomeness are. :)

Kat Harris said...

Flawsomeness. I love it!

Without a doubt, I can say my characters are flawed. Whether or not they live up to the "awesome" part of that word is totally the opinion of the reader.

Sandy Shin said...

"Flawsomeness" totally should make it into the dictionary, seriously.

I have troubles with making my characters flawed, too, not so much my MC but rather the love interest. It's difficult, but I'm also trying to infuse as much flawesomeness into him as possible!

Lydia Kang said...

I just realized a dentist might read this differently. Flossemness. The quality of being well flossed.

Elana Johnson said...

I love this word! I agree that your MC has to have flaws. Mine right now is a liar.

Kirsten Lesko said...

Great word. I'm so in love with flawsomeness that I have the opposite problem - my characters are so jacked up that I have to counterbalance with some decent traits. LOL.

Angela said...

Flawsomeness in my MC. Hmmmm. Well, she's awkward, not very pretty (by a long shot), a total tomboy, too emotional, a bit whiny at times (not too much or it would just make her annoying), stubborn, and has horrible people skills. She's also impetuous, moody and has a bit of a temper.

I had never thought about it before, but I think she's got plenty of flawsomeness!

Deb Salisbury said...

Love this! Meant to post more, but a major thunderstorm is moving in.

Bee said...

Flawsomeness - <3 that word!

My MC is so flawed, I'm afraid people might not like her..!

B.E. Sanderson said...

I like to think my characters are sprinkled with flawsomeness. (Great word, btw.) Not too much, but what I hope is just the right amount.

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Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha ha. I love "flawsomeness"! Fun post.

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Amparo Ortiz said...

Flawsomeness = Awesomeness

Love the word. Gonna marry it...

*clears throat and regains dignity*

So, in terms of my MC, her biggest flaw is not believing in herself. Her instincts don't matter as much as her ability to rationalize according to "what's acceptable", which is something that challenges her throughout the novel.

Also, she doesn't like strawberries. That's a pretty major flaw to me...

Lydia Kang said...

The strawberry flaw is hard to forgive, LOL!
I love meeting new blog buddies! Welcome guys!

David F. Weisman said...

A fair amount, mostly not put in with that in mind, but because I didn't want the protagonist to be someone who could easily be part of a hive mind.