Bad, Bad, Bad Characterization

I’m reading (or trying to read) a book called Hour of Judgement, by Susan R. Matthews.

Erch, it sucks.

Here’s a clue to all budding authors (and I say this with great authority as the author of exactly ZERO novels): Make me care about a character BEFORE you involve me in your character’s problems and conflicts.

If I don’t care about the character, I also won’t care about your elaborate plot and the intricate psychological issues which bedevil your protagonist. In fact, they’ll just bore me to death.

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