Perfect Isn't Real

"In the best writing, action emerges from character, and not the other way around. If you can create compelling protagonists, you can do almost anything with them without breaking faith with the audience. They can jump through time, they can jump into bed with each other, they can even be locked in circus cages and fed fish biscuits. A strong character forgives all manner of foolish plot decisions made along the way. Don’t start with the mystery box. Start with the woman trapped inside it and build out from there."

Andy Greenwald – The Lessons of 'Lost': Understanding the Most Important Network Show of the Past 10 Years

Some prefer beauty that fits into the status quo. I tend to find beauty in the quirky little things that set something or someone apart from the norm. After all, how interesting would the world be if we were all exactly the same? Think about that for a minute—seven billion reproductions of an ideal human being (whatever that is)...

When I first started writing, I attempted to create perfect characters. They were all beautiful and intelligent and rich, because who doesn't want to be beautiful and intelligent and rich? I wrote what I thought people wanted—what I thought I wanted. But perfect isn't real, and it's certainly not relatable.

The best characters have obstacles to overcome. They make mistakes, and learn from them. They're not the same on page 200 as they were on page one. They have flaws, and that's okay, because everyone has flaws.

Perfection implies that there is no room to grow. I don't want to be stagnant in life, thinking I have it all figured out—because I don't. There's always something more to learn, some way to improve. This world, in spite of its flaws, is such a lovely place. Thankfully, I don't have to be perfect to see that.

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