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Writing Tips: Character flaw as a genre convention

Character flaw can apply to genre fiction as well as literary fiction. Quite often, character flaw is one of the conventions of a given genre. For example, in crime fiction, the detective will be very good at his or her job, but their private life is usually a shambles.

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Writing Tips: Character flaw

When the protagonist has a character flaw that prevents them from getting what they want, the story deepens and becomes more richly layered. This character flaw can be called the internal antagonist. It drives the protagonist to act against their own best interests, while also blinding them to that fact. 

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