- Characters mustn't be two-dimensional unless this is a crucial part of your plot and even then other characters should not be to show up the contrast effectively.
- Characters should have flaws and virtues, neither exaggerated, but these should help bring your character to life in your reader's mind's eye.
- Villains should have good reasons for being the way they are. To them their actions make perfect sense and that needs to be shown so your reader can see and accept the villain(s) raison d'etre.
- The ultimate story, regardless of genre, is good versus evil. It underwrites every story I can think of. But what is good? What is evil? Who defines these in your story? And are they right to define them the way they do or have they got their own agenda?
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.