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.