True Character

When you give someone your word, how much is it worth?

If you say you’ll go to an event, or meet a deadline, how likely are you to do it?

The answers to these questions speak to your true character. They have nothing to do with whether you’re male or female, rich or poor, fit or unfit; those things are your external self, otherwise known as your characterization.

The same is true for a character in a novel. Externally observable traits are her characterization whereas the choices she makes under pressure reveal her true character. One may not have anything to do with the other.

Which one is more likely to inspire empathy in the reader?

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women