Posted on 06/09/2022 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Character-writing advice almost always includes reminders to (and advice on how to) portray them as complex, not one-dimensional.

So villains and antagonists, generally, have some reason for their malice, even if it doesn't justify the behavior.

And protagonists have some flaw, be it big or small.

But what about when your protagonist isn't just the person readers root for and is someone they might elevate to a true hero status?

You'll still want to steer clear of canonization; USA Today bestselling author Mario Escobar, who has written several historical fiction novels set during times of war, shares his advice for how to write about real-life heroes in a restrained way.

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