Posted on 07/03/2019 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Novelist and ghostwriter Justin Attas understands the writerly urge to produce something distinct, something that will stand out among the other offerings in any genre.

But he cautions authors that the unusual features of their characters and plots must serve the novel overall, rather than existing simply to be different.

Attas describes the pitfalls to avoid when writing “strong” female characters, enemies-to-lovers story lines, and leading characters who are damaging, not damaged, in a guest post on Jane Friedman’s website.

Friedman also notes that Attas has a YouTube channel to further help writers, if you enjoy his advice.

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