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To make matters worse, often these agreeable martyrs would then climb the ranks in the agency. After sacrificing themselves in unhealthy ways to the company and their patients, they would then seek to make sure all of their underlings and the ones who came behind them to do the same thing. If you complained about the long hours or refused to take a dangerous workload of unstable patients, you were looked down upon and considered to be someone who did not do their part. If you want to make agreeable people angry—refusing to be ‘part of the team’ is the way to go.
So with the knowledge in mind, I wrote one of my main character in SURVIVING MIDAS to be very disagreeable and the other to be the opposite. Jared just can’t seem to get along with anybody which can work to his benefit and detriment. Yeah, he struggles with interpersonal relationships, but he also has managed to stay alive despite the odds.
Katie though, is constantly looking out for others to the point of foolish self-sacrifice. She's polite, kind, and gets along great with the others in her community, even bringing together people who would not normally get along. Then I stuck Katie and Jared in a car trunk together and let them sort out their differences.
So this is something to consider when you’re writing your characters. Is your character more agreeable or less agreeable? How does that manifest? Is it causing drama, or is it something you've not considered in the slightest as it concerns your main characters?
Tell me in the comments below, and also tell me what that looks like. If a bully comes by and demands their food, do they hand it over without question? Or if someone says something mildly insulting, do they demand to take the altercation outside? Really figure out these things about your characters and stay true to it. Your story will thank you!
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RW Hague is a registered nurse with over eight years of experience within the medical field. Using her medical expertise, she writes stories that are gritty and compelling.