Perfection Makes You a Victim in Your Life Story

Don’t be a Mary Sue

Nihan Kucukural
Change Your Mind Change Your Life
4 min readJan 25, 2024

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In fiction and screenwriting, a main character needs a “central flaw” to make the story work.

I didn’t know this for a long time while working as a screenwriter. I assumed the characters’ flaws were just elements of variety and color. Eventually, I learned from Jill Chamberlain that a flawless character (often referred to…

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Nihan Kucukural
Change Your Mind Change Your Life

Turkish copywriter and screenwriter based in New Zealand. I am addicted to stories. I write screenwriting/copywriting advice and occasional funny stuff.