Posted on 03/17/2020 at 10:07 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The question of whether you can make an unlikeable character, well, likable seems at first to be a bit of a non sequitur.

But author E. J. Wenstrom argues that it’s a perfectly valid question — she in fact prefers her characters rough around the edges. 

You will, however, need to pay careful attention when crafting that character, though.

Check out her guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog for advice on creating an unlikeable character that readers still root for.

Author Janice Hadlow also reflected on this topic earlier this year in the Guardian — here’s a less technical take on the novelist as makeover artist.

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