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The Jerks: Creating Sympathetic Characters

by J. T. Bushnell

Department:The Literary Life
Issue:May/June 2012

What reads as an egocentric protagonist on paper can often be the byproduct of a writer’s absorption in character development. Contributor J. T. Bushnell examines the ways in which the revision process can produce more sympathetic characters while offering craft tips on how to avoid solipsistic writing.

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