First, I must apologize in case I've used this blog before. We have company coming, and I have been cleaning house all week. Yes, it was that dirty, she says while shaking her head.
I write about real life, so I believe its okay to make your situations real, and have your characters act like genuine people. We have heroes, heroine's, villains and people like you and me in our stories, so an author has to make them realistic. A hero or heroine may not be heroic in there everyday life, but they can become courageous under certain situations.
For instance, a neighbor could pull you or a child from a burning house, or they see someone breaking into your house and run over with a gun or a ball bat to help fight off the robbers. Is that a hero/heroine, or a stupid move on their part? It all depends on what kind of capabilities you gave them. Usually, there is something in their background that makes them capable of acting the way they do.
To make a story that your readers won't find fault with, you research the skills you give them. Their skills should be accurate and as realistic as you can make them. Some people can just have natural instincts to survive, but you must be in their head to show this.
Have a great Memorial Day everyone. Remember our loved ones and those wonderful men and women who fight for us.
I hope this makes sense, as I have rewritten a bit of this.
Sandra K. Marshall