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[Nov. 21st, 2008|09:22 am]
Silicon Rose
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Stories work much better when you're not trying to create a character who expresses two opposite personality traits at the same time. If nothing else, the character has to pick one to take precedence, or the two personality traits will conflict and that will paralyze the character's decisions.

Dear Self,

He's either considerate or ruthless. He can't be both at the same time to the same person.
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[User Picture]From: cyfis
2008-11-21 07:43 pm (UTC)
Nah, ambivalence is fun. He's considerate to his friends and ruthless to his enemies. Problem solved :P
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2008-11-21 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thus "at the same time". ^^

Sample: the Antagonist is a considerate person, but ruthless in matters that affect his country. When given a choice between imprisoning someone who has done no wrong, but where imprisoning them would be for the best of the country, and letting them free, which does he choose?

Someone who was considerate would let personal rights rule and the person go free. Someone who was ruthless would imprison the person for the sake of the country. He can apply his secondary trait after applying the first trait (making sure the prisoner is comfortable, even if they're imprisoned), but one has to win. If one doesn't, he'll be pinned and unable to make a decision.
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[User Picture]From: dragonoflife
2008-11-21 08:05 pm (UTC)
Ruthlessness > considerateness by definition, I think. If you're considerate before you're ruthless, you're not ruthless, but if you're ruthless before you're considerate, you can still be considered considerate when you're not being ruthless.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2008-11-21 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, considerateness isn't really the right word. After discussing this with ketsugami, it's more that the character conforms generally to moral strictures but is unable to see one of their actions as immoral, so there's a limit to which he will go in pursuit of that "moral" action?
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From: dvarin
2008-11-22 02:11 am (UTC)
Wouldn't those who are both considerate and ruthless go around harming other people for their own good?
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