RB Austin

Today’s SuperStar Guest Blogger is RB Austin, half of the blogging sisters at 2unpublishedgirls. (Which may be misleading since RB is published! I have no doubts that soon they will need a new domain name, right, Ella?!)

I enjoy both RB and Ella’s posts on life and writing. RB is the only blogger I’m featuring this week that I don’t personally know. I am pleased that she accepted my invitation to Sweeps Week because I am both a fan and a follower. I’m inspired by the posts that focus on the process (and pitfalls) of being a reader and a writer while attempting to exist outside the keyboard. Her blogs are clever, insightful, snarky and brief– shall we say she cuts to the heart of things?

Please enjoy this gentle reminder that perfection is boring.

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RB: Give ‘Em Flaws

*SPOILER ALERT* The Originals, Episode 106: Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

I’m hooked on the CW show The Originals. I first saw the character Elijah in The Vampire Diaries. I always thought he was a bit boring and most of the time tweeted or facebooked during his screen time. He was the resident good guy. Dependable. Responsible. Bo-ring. It wasn’t until Episode 106 of The Originals that my entire opinion of him changed and he went from snores-ville to OMG he’s awesome.

The cause: Ripping the hearts out of bad witches

Seriously his appeal in the show, for me, jumped up one hundred percent after that scene. Okay, that might make me sound a bit unhinged, but I swear I’m not.


Characters NEED flaws. They need to be real. Their flaws need to fit their personality. Your good guys can walk old ladies across the street, send flowers to their love after a bad day, or wash the dishes without being asked; but they also need to be imperfect, have phobias, and deficiencies. No human is perfect. I’m certainly not. Our characters shouldn’t be either.

So, go ahead. Take the character you lovingly molded from the depths within you and make them a bit bad.

If all else fails have him rip the heart of a bad guy to protect his love. That’ll certainly get readers to swoon. It worked for me. 🙂

Really. I’m not unbalanced. I promise.

Helpful links:

This one is pretty awesome: http://www.springhole.net/writing_roleplaying_randomators/character-flaws.htm



About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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