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Previously I presented my Mary Sue test, a (hopefully) more nuanced version of the many internet quizzes that help beginning authors determine if their characters are too unrealistic.  Today, however, […]

The Mary Sue, as a concept, is a useful but oft-misapplied tool.  Its utility, I think, is primarily that it is a way to teach inexperienced writers about context, framing, […]

My panning of The Name of the Wind‘s Kvothe over on Chimaera has raised a valid question: If Kvothe is a bad character, how do you write a heroic character?  […]