Like the Velveteen Rabbit...Only with Hate

One of my critique partners sent me an e-mail yesterday to the effect of (and I'm paraphrasing, but you'll get the gist): "I hate my main character. Hate her. Hate her. Hate her. I never want to type her name again. Hate her." 

My (oh-so-sympathetic) response: "About time."

See, her good. Her story? Compelling. And now, her main character? Real.

I have this theory. Your main character isn't truly living, breathing, and real until you good and hate her. Until the thought of killing her off seems delightful. Until you want to do a universal Find/Replace to change your character's name to "DieEvilSpawnOfBeelzebubDie."

The dangerous times are when you just. don't. care. And I've had plenty of those times, too. But the fact is, when you have those strong emotions about your characters, it means they've struck a chord somewhere down deep in you. Which means they'll probably strike a chord down deep in someone else as well. 

Just don't do anything too rash like pull out all the stuffing and hit "delete all."


  1. DieEvilSpawnOfBeelzebubDie is so my main characters new name....bwahahahahaha...too funny

  2. Thanks for this post. I have main character - and a story - I've been struggeling with for a long while. I actually start to dislike her, prefer not to spend time with her, she is annoying. Maybe it's a good sign, then? I hope it is. Anyway, thanks!

  3. Strong emotion about a character is definitely good. I don't hate my MCs, though. I love them. Though I am not at all opposed to torturing them in a most cruel manner. ;)

  4. Yeah, I thought you'd like that, Mandy. lol

  5. I agree with Angie, I love my characters so much that when I have to torture them I bleed. Great post, Karen!

  6. I never thought of it like this. I hate one of my characters with a passion. Maybe I should investigate?