Character Building

If there’s something mechanically I want to work on, I’m not sure if the best way to do that is make a character really good at it or really bad.

I got some bad guys, and I want to disclose their motivations. They do some things for reasons that are obvious if their motivations are known and bizarre if not. So do I make a character highly empathic, so they know these motivations, or non-empathic, so they have to struggle and find out? The readers will, hopefully, struggle along with the characters.

I bet this is one of those balance things.

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