Stereotypes in writing

No matter how unfair it can be, stereotyping is pretty much unavoidable–it’s human nature to compare and classify strangers based on their initial appearance and behavior. But as a writer you can use the tendency to stereotype to your advantage.

In an interesting article, award-winning author Orson Scott Card discusses the relationship between stereotypes and fictional characters. Excerpted from his book Elements of Writing Fiction: Characters & Viewpoint, Card shows you how to avoid common pitfalls and how to use stereotypes to your advantage in your fiction.

Read the article here

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