July 18th, 2004

MagritteEmp

Making a Character "Likable"

93, all!

[This was composed for sfandf_writers, but got too long, so I'm posting it here. Besides, I owe you guys a post. :) ]

Stop making that face -- this is a task some editor is likely to lay on you, sooner or later, and there are (as always) tricks o' th' trade for accomplishing it. In fact, there's Trick One: while editors are far from "always right"* (and in particular not infrequently ask for something other than what they're really trying to get), the professional response is to fight past the sensation that you've just been asked to strangle your (literary) child and ask yourself: IF this editor were not a complete maroon, what MIGHT they be looking for, here? Collapse )