I read some where online recently that in order for your characters to be well like they should have a Fatal Flaw, something that readers can relate to or understand. A humanizing trait or characteristic. To understand what they meant I had to look up the words 🙂 which I do a lot to ensure propper use.
FATAL is an adjective meaning the following:
-causing or capable of causing death; mortal; deadly: a fatal accident; a fatal dose of poison.
-causing destruction, misfortune, ruin, or failure: The withdrawal of funds was fatal to the project.
-decisively important; fateful: The fatal day finally arrived.
-proceeding from or decreed by fate; inevitable: a fatal series of events.
-influencing or concerned with fate; fatalistic.
And FLAW is both a noun and a verb
-a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault: beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
-a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
-a crack, break, breach, or rent.
— verb (used with object)
to produce a flaw in.
— verb (used without object)
– to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.
I have since taken the time to look at what I have written and my thoughts/note to figure out if my main characters do in fact have flaws.
Kitty, the lead in my super hero novel, goes through a series of personal battles in the first novel that test her morals and define her personality throughout the series. She does struggle with secrets, most of which she keeps to herself unless absolutely necessary to share. So if I had to pick her fatal flaw I would says it’s keeping too many secrets and for too long. She is also very closed off for the most part, refusing to let most people in to her inner most circle.
Her friends in the novel, Mindy and Brandi, are also both fatally flawed. Mindy is kind to the core and dislikes the lying and deceit that comes with having a super natural friend. while Brandi is morally changed and frequently crosses lines that he maybe shouldn’t to protect her and her friends.