8 Tips To Make an Unlikable Character Likable

Characters that readers root for are the backbone of every story. Striking a balance between likable and unlikable is essential, and the best characters are multi-layered. We humans are complex beings, so adding layers of complexity is vital to get the best out of your characters and make them intriguing for readers.

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When writing or when creating the background of your characters, ask yourself, “What drives them? Why do they act the way they do? What’s their ultimate goal? Look at their positive character traits, but also their faults too. The more that you let a reader in, the better they’ll understand them and, therefore, root for them.

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