More Character Studies: The Gossip

I despise gossips. Absolutely loathe them. If I could, I’d slap them all and maybe send them to the worst level of Hell ever. On the other hand, why the hatred? Let’s briefly examine both viewpoints from a writing perspective: the gossip vs. the target.


The Gossip The Target
  • Nothing better to talk about
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Vindictive, petty
  • Arrogant, superiority complex
  • Manipulative
  • Shallow; aesthetics only
  • Pretender
  • Jealous
  • Uncomfortable in surroundings
  • No understanding of illnesses, or other lives, or types
  • Not self-aware
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Arrogant / puts on airs / attitude problem
  • Expression is miserable, though inwardly far from
  • Naive
  • Paranoid
  • Eccentric extremes
  • Slovenly


The Gossip The Target
  • Refined taste / fashion sense
  • Expert
  • Warning to a friend
  • Protective of self
  • Note(s) to self
  • Refined taste / fashion sense
  • Unconcerned with others’ opinions
  • Comfortable in surroundings / independent
  • Genuine

Of both characters, I find the gossip more interesting because she is so flawed. And there is much fun to be had writing her — as a villain or the anti-hero(ine). Consider: despicable but well-meaning. Can’t stand the target because the target is a mirror of everything that’s wrong with the gossip. A wake-up call of sorts if you will. Imagine the fun! Muwahahahahah!

P.S., No, I’m not a gossip. >,< =^P

More Character Studies: The Gossip

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