A “monster” character is not meant to shock readers but to challenge their preconceptions

Making people up.

Every novelist and screenwriter does it.

And the characters in some books/shows are fascinating or lovable, while others come across as flat and unrealistic, mere stereotypes. Caricatures without character. I often feel inadequate to the task; who am I that I have the audacity to create characters, characters I hope readers will identify with and feel compassion, empathy, and affection for? Not easy.

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