I've felt that myself. Some of my favorite characters came from me deciding to write sympathetic characters with views utterly opposite of my own. There are
beliefs I find inherently abhorrent, and can forgive only on grounds of ignorance enforced by others. But on many others, much of my best writing came from my endeavors to treat characters from a different shade of grey sympathetically. So look at some of them — they're around, even if they aren't the crux of the story.
Let's take an old classic. Order Versus Chaos
. If you inherently mistrust society as a force that constrains and irrevocably damages the human psyche, attempt to write, if only as an experiment, a noble, sympathetic, and even intelligent character who sincerely believes that, while an evil society should not be permitted, it must be replaced by one founded first upon laws and reason. If you believe human civilization is at its core, the most beautiful things mankind has created, take some time to put to paper one who, though able to remain good and true to friends and strangers alike, has suffered much from its existence and cannot help but question whether or not all the safety of society is worth the price paid by our souls.
I'm greatly simplifying a question without an easy answer, of course. And both sides have their own, equally well-intentioned theories on how to deal with the world's more unambiguous wrongs. The conflict between these two
can be powerful stuff.
edited 26th Mar '12 8:39:39 PM by KillerClowns