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Re: Writing a Main Character Who Isn’t ‘Nice’. Thoughts?

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rachel
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Ah, this is a difficult thing to do. In my first ms, my main character was nice and innocent. My beta readers loved her. In my second ms, my main character was a human hating/hunting mermaid. The feedback was not so sweet. They liked the story and the sisters’ character depth and even the love interest, but seriously didn’t like the main character. I had to step back and do some thinking. Try to learn how to write from the monsters POV while causing the reader to care about said monster.

After months of reflection and frustration, I think I figured it out. I cut the human bashing out of the beginning of the book and added a few tender personal qualities.

I think it’s like real life. When you meet someone, if you see their good side first, and begin to invest in them and their friendship, then when they begin to reveal the not so perfect sides of themselves, you can handle it better, understand their reasons, and still love them unconditionally.