James Rollins' "7 Ways To Make Your Characters More Sympathetic"

Bestselling thriller writer James Rollins gave a great talk about the craft of thriller writing, including how to make even your bad guys more likable. Here's a summary.
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Bestselling thriller writer James Rollins gave a great talk about the craft of thriller writing, including how to make even your bad guys more likable. Here's a summary:

1. Make them very good at what they do (he cites the doctor from "House").

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2. Demonstrate that they're funny.

3. Show your character treating other characters well, especially kids, the elderly and pets.

4. Show that your character has undeserved misfortune.

5. Have a character with a mental or educational handicap, or an underdog character.

6. Have one of your other characters like the character and express that.

7. Have a character return a bit of that affection.

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