Definition: Characterized by extreme uneasiness of mind or brooding fear
Characters in Literature: Piglet, Mrs. Weasley, Bard of Dale (The Hobbit)
Common Portrayals: overprotective maternal figures, hypochondriacs, conspiracy theorists, chaperones and nurses (historical fiction)
Clichés to Avoid: the doting, stifling nanny or mother; sniffling, hand-wringing worriers
Twists on the Traditional Worry Wart:
- Worriers are so often weak and timid. The worrying warrior or leader could make for an interesting character.
- Because worrying is a negative character trait, it’s usually assigned to background or support characters. A worry-wart hero would be one with a lot to overcome.
- Turn worry into a positive by creating a character who worries excessively about others, but is utterly unconcerned with him or herself.
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