Poets and Writers May/June 2012
The Jerks: Creating Sympathetic Characters
by J. T. Bushnell
|Department:||The Literary Life|
|Issue:||May/June 2012 Hard Copy Edition|
J. T. Bushnell examines the ways in which the revision process can produce more sympathetic characters while offering craft tips on how to avoid solipsistic writing. He discusses how to use vulnerability, remorse, description, and tasks to create a kernel of humanity for the jerks, the asshole characters everyone loves to hate.