I’m writing a fantasy novel. Because OF COURSE I AM, have we met, I’m a nerd, let’s move on. I’m very very concerned that my characters be well rounded and believable as human beings, not just flat two dimensional characters. I’m writing scenes that I know I have no intention of using, just because it gives me an opportunity to find out who my characters are and how they would react to various situations. But I’m super duper tempted to make my main antagonist stupid. Not like, STUPID stupid, we’re talking about political leaders here, there’s a certain level of intelligence that all my main characters need to maintain. But, willfully dense is more like it. Like she dismisses people she doesn’t like because she doesn’t like them, not because they are actually less than her. If you’ve read the Wheel of Time series, especially the later books, there’s a lot of Elaida in her; a stubborn refusal to see what she doesn’t want to see, even when her blindness is hurting her. And I’m concerned about this willful ignorance I’ve given her. I’m afraid I’ve only given her this bad trait because she’s my antagonist and I don’t like her as much as I like my protagonists. Will she end up as one dimensional as I fear because of it? I don’t want that – I want my antagonists or the characters I might not like as much to be as likable and given as much of a personality as my protagonists or the characters I do like. This is quite the conundrum for me, as you can see. Unfortunately, I don’t really have a writing mentor, so I have to put the question to the interwebs: Have you ever had this problem? How did you deal with it?