CHARACTER FLAWS: HITLER

Just for fun, Hitler’s ten dumbest mistakes.

 

I am doing research on military blunders and happened to find this informative analysis on one of the great villains in recent history.

It seems to me like his greatest blunders appear as symptoms, like his mistakes on the Russian front, but the real disease was his zealous patriotism and psychotic hubris. He felt that when his countrymen saw destruction, their morale improved.

Villains are fascinating. What do you see as Hitler’s greatest character flaws? I’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz

 

WRITER’S BLOCK – SECRETS MAKE YOU SICK

Secrets Make You Sick-Cronin Detzz
Want to know a secret? Secrets can make you sick, and you can use your writing skills for better health.

It’s no secret that the body and mind are knotted together in a symbiotic dance. For instance, if you have a headache, chances are you’ll not be in a good mood. Conversely, feeling drained or stressed can give you a headache. Our moods influence our eating choices, disrupt our sleep, raise our blood pressure, and create digestive problems. When a deep secret haunts your life, your moods and health will both be affected. Therapists often uncover secrets because they easily see the signs, such as anorexia, drug addictions, or anxiety.

Most people have some secrets that are kept tucked away. Some secrets are generally benign, such as: “I tell my friends I’m happy being single, but I secretly wish I were married.” Some secrets are dark and deep and emotionally draining. Your secrets have helped shape who you have become.

Writing is a cathartic outlet. Writers often put a piece of themselves into their characters, and in the process, evolve through self-exploration. As you craft your stories, remember that it can be very helpful to drag those secrets out of the closet and write about the experience. To help remove your writer’s block, ask yourself the following questions:
• If the secret is a result of a traumatic event, how did you feel at the time?
• What beliefs have encouraged you to keep the secret?
• Do you feel judged? If so, by whom?
• What is it like to carry around a suitcase full of shame?
• Are you trying to numb your mind by forgetting about the secret, or by alcohol or drugs?
• If you have revealed your secret to a loved one, how did it feel? What did your loved one say to you?

Recently, I was driving in a run-down part of Chicago with Sandy, an old pal. As she and as I passed by an alley, a deep-seated memory flashed before my eyes. I had been raped in that alley when I was a teenager, and I had completely forgotten about the incident. I had a boyfriend at that time, and because the boyfriend beat the rapist to a bloody pulp, I felt vindicated. I told Sandy about this, and she was shocked. She encouraged me to write about the experience in my next book. I told her that I never thought about the incident, stating that it doesn’t bother me. She objected, telling me that this is a significant, life-altering event that deserves my attention. Having her support was a huge relief. I will be adding the incident to my next book.

I wish sound health to you all, and hope that you find strength and peace through writing.

Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz

MY NAME IS SUE. MARY SUE.

MARYSUE
Writer’s Block implies that our creative well has dried up. When creating an epic hero, be certain to dip into your creative well and create a hero that is relatable. If main characters have depth and fallacies, readers will more easily connect. How can we create depth?

Ensure that your hero has fallacies and makes mistakes. Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo, created an award-winning series of crime fiction novels revolving around a detective named Harry Hole. Harry Hole asks probing questions, notices clues that others miss, and contains all the desired aspects of a great investigator. However, Hole is an alcoholic. He sabotages his own romantic relationships. He smokes, he makes mistakes, he struggles with depressive thoughts – in short, he is human. He is a hero, but he has depth.

Nesbo does not spend a lot of time describing Hole’s physical attributes, other than to say that he is tall and has blue eyes which are frequently bloodshot. If a writer spends too much time describing a character, the writer will be accused of self-insertion. Let the reader fill in some of the gaps of physical details, and the reader will subconsciously insert himself and get hooked.

A “Mary Sue” is a character that is simply too good to be true. Roger Moore’s portrayal of James Bond is certainly a “Mary Sue.” He gets the girl, kills the villain, saves the day, and still has fantastic-looking hair. (He had fantastic hair in the television series “The Saint” as well!) I am an admitted Bondophile, and own all of the Bond books. The books are much better than the movies because the author, Ian Flemming, created a hero who often made mistakes. In the novel Casino Royale, Bond questions whether he himself is the bad guy, realizing that a Russian spy would perceive Bond as an arch enemy. Bond is unsure of his mission in life and considers leaving the service. He doesn’t have perfect Roger Moore hair. His hair is described as dark, forming a “cruel comma” above his brow. He often gets captured and is a victim of incredible torture, and the author takes us to the dark shadows in Bond’s mind. It is an interesting journey and a great study into character development.

In short, don’t make characters too perfect, too brilliant, or invincible, unless you’re Roger Moore, who is successful despite his perfect hair.

Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz