Definition: being overly influenced by feelings
Characters in Literature: Anne Shirley, Mrs. Weasley, Cecily (Wither)
Common Portrayals: women, teenage girls, children
Clichés to Avoid: the nostalgic mother crying over her child’s latest milestone; those in declining years constantly reminiscing about the good old days; the hugely pregnant, hormone driven mother-to-be
Twists on the Traditional Sentimental Character:
- Again, in literature, this trait is largely represented by the female gender. What about a sentimental man who’s driven more by emotion than logic?
- Sentimentality and practicality don’t usually go together. Try throwing a sentimental character into a traditionally practical career field: the sentimental accountant, mathematician, IT professional, mechanic
Build a worthy protagonist with a mix of unique strengths that will help him overcome obstacles and achieve meaningful goals.
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