Using Compassion to Create Complex Characters – Daily Quote


When I write my fiction, my aim is delighting the reader. They say an outstanding character lies at the heart of every memorable story. A well rounded, engaging protagonist keeps people turning pages even if the tale falters. Boring and predictable is a recipe for disaster.  It’s a feat easier said than done. The experts advise writers to construct complex personalities, and they offer helpful tips. Give them wants and needs, goals and motivations, and a purpose for their existence. Add a quirk, a flaw, and something to fear. Create circumstances that make them sweat, make them fail, make them suffer.

The hints remind me of real-life people whose heart-warming stories inspire us. These are individuals who overcome personal tragedy and face overwhelming odds, to achieve their objectives while upholding or discovering their inner strength and an unshakable sense of right and wrong. The amazing part of these heroes is their response to accolades and recognition. They claim they only did what anyone else would do.

I try to write characters from a place of compassion. I reserve judgment and commentary and seek to portray them honestly, and in a manner that fits their constructed personality. Doing this allows your audience to peel back the layers and draw their own conclusions.

How do you develop your characters?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

5 thoughts on “Using Compassion to Create Complex Characters – Daily Quote

  1. This post is pushing me to start writing my new story. I have the outline, so need to work on my hero!
    I have been trying to clear the decks in order to be able to do this, but surprise, it aint happening!
    So, thanks to you, Jo. I start to write/create today!

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  2. Using compassion for character development sounds so good. That should grab my interest as a reader. In fact, it does. Heroes who are compassionate are more interesting to me. They also provide a way into other characters whom the hero knows and wonders about.

    I’ve only written a few short pieces that had characters in them. The lead character was (is) nearly always more an observer than an actor. I like your way more.

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    • I’m glad you like the idea, Christopher. Please give it a try and let me know how it goes. I find the more I become the character I write the more readers seem to identify with the piece.


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