Nice Guys Make Boring Reading

edgesGreat character advice from Steven Pressfield in the form of a question:

“How close are they to the edge?”

When a character teeters on a knife-edge, we can’t take our eyes off them.

My characters feel a bit safe. For my light mysteries, that’s okay. For the deeper Chandleresque cozy I’m working on, Jake needs to be closer to the edge.

But wait and see what “edge” he’s close to.

4 thoughts on “Nice Guys Make Boring Reading

  1. Great post, Sue. I don’t like predictable characters. For the most part , I want to be kept in the edge of my seat. What is that character up to? Is he going to shock me, anger me, make me smile, or what? That’s what I look for. Good read, and great advice. Blessings.

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