You can’t have a story without them.
Well. I guess you could, but wow, what a boring story. A story without characters would be like watching paint dry, or the leaves dance in the wind, or your nails grow.
But if you’ve been reading for any length of time, you will notice that cookie cutter characters DO appear in most of the stories that you read. Jenna does a really good job of summarizing the annoying stereotypes for you for both female and male characters.
One reason I really like this writer is because she doesn’t mince words – she calls it like she sees it.
And that’s how I tend to write my characters, too. They are gritty, nasty and generally assholes – with a heart of gold.
Now tell me that doesn’t sound like most of the people in your life.
Anyway, enjoy the videos. And avoid the characters Jenna talks about – unless I happen to write one of these characters into my story in which case, make an exception.