Definition: Unyielding; resolute
Characters in Literature:Nynaeve, (The Wheel of Time); Verruca Salt (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory); Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Common Portrayals: The resolute boss; a stubborn toddler; military leadership; lawyers
Clichés to Avoid: The military general hell-bent on winning no matter what the cost; spoiled brat kids; villains who are stubborn to a fault and as a result, it is their downfall (that’s the easy way out, IMO.)
Twists on the Traditional Stubborn Characters:
- Stubbornness is almost always a positive for a protagonist, helping them to have the drive to succeed. Show us a situation where stubbornness due to a strong sense of right and wrong causes him or those around him great hardship.
- Protags and Antags need to have a certain amount of stubbornness but the root of an antag’s stubborn trait is almost always pride. So….show us a villain who’s stubbornness comes from moral or noble roots instead!
- Flip a cliché. Write a story where the stubborn ‘spoiled brat’ actually uses her stubbornness for good. Or the stubborn military leader who really does need to win, whatever the cost.
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