CHAPTER 12 WRITING A SELFISH LOVE INTEREST & THE NEGATIVE CHARACTER ARC
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I started finishing up my chapter 12 last night with love interest Adrian . And I realized something. He just left the main character Sirena by herself in the middle of the chaos of my chapter. BY HERSELF. I never thought I’d write a character like this let alone a love interest . He hasn’t quite started letting his feelings for her be known right now. But what does that tell about his character?
Heartbreak and uncertainty before the relationship can even exist .
He goes on in this scene to read Sirena’s fathers journal before she even reads it.
Intrusive much? Not even Cristen dared to read her father’s journal.
He finds out more information about who she really is. But Adrian’s motives for reading her father’s journal is not to protect or help Sirena at all.
Is he even worthwhile for my main character Sirena?
Did I just write a selfish love interest ? Is this really okay to do? I don’t’ know but throughout my novel he doesn’t stop being self-centered at all. Everything he does in my novel he does just to become an alpha. Does he sound like a horrible character or what?
(SPOLIER:) Adrian will never get redeemed in a sense.
That’s just bad writing . You might say.
But hear me out a bit.
All characters need their flaws. Without them, a character becomes two dimensional. Without flaws, a character is just “perfect” or, if irredeemable, becomes simply too evil.
Character flaws are alright to have in a novel. But don’t they have to be redeemable?
Yes and no . A redemption for the character is when the destructive character tries to atone for what they did and overcomes their flaws turning good.
I really did not intend to create Adrian’s character like this. But I guess It’s part of his character flaw. But he is not a villain. He just has a negative character arc.
A negative character arc is where the character turns destructive and takes a turn for the worst and creates a tragic path throughout the story . There decisions leads them in the worst way and they can never come back to it.
In the instance of Adrian I’m striving so hard for complexity with him . Maybe he is just a failed hero. In my characters mind he does want to be a hero because he wants to be the alpha of his pack. But he just keeps doing crazy shit to get to that point. Which ultimately might get him nowhere in in the end.
He is on the right track to be redeemable. He has all the negative traits like hatred and aggression, but he’ll also have a weak point. This weak point will eventually be the key to his redemption, and will be used to break past his armor and show him the need for change.
But will he change ? And what is his key ?
This will be explored in my novel as I continue to write.
I also will be going in depth about negative character arcs and redemption on another post.
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