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Never meant to hurt you..

For the record, to any aspiring creating writers out there who find themselves in workshops obsessed with anti-heroes and tragedy type plot lines:

  • Never let them convince you that because your characters are kind they are uninteresting
  • Fight for your optimism and ideals if they’re what you believe in.
  • Do not let them force you into their gritty idea of how the world works
  • Flaws are important but they do not have to swallow your character whole.

Some writers are going to have a jaded and bitter streak, and that’s fine.  Let them write the assholes and irredeemable messes.  If you don’t want to write those characters, then don’t, and don’t let a room full of cynical 20-somethings tell you any different.  If you stand your ground, generally your professor will back you up and honor your vision.

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