"You are going to love some of your characters, because they are you or some facet of you, and you are going to hate some of your characters for the same reason. But no matter what, you are probably going to have to let bad things happen to some of the characters you love or you won’t have much of a story. Bad things happen to good characters, because our actions have consequences, and we do not all behave perfectly all the time. As soon as you start protecting your characters from the ramifications of their less-than-lofty behavior, your story will start to feel flat and pointless, just like in real life. Get to know your characters as well as you can, let there be something at stake, and then let the chips fall where they may."
— Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird (via fly-mamabird)
When I read this, I immediately began to compare the “characters” of the “stories” to the subjects of my news articles. You are going to love some of your subjects and hate some of them. I know I do. It must be worth keeping in mind that the subject or “characters” you love or admire or personally support, must not be given advantage over those you dislike or do not support (particularly when writing about politics). No one is perfect. Even though we might want them to be, we shouldn’t try to skirt around the facts. Sometimes good characters do bad things. As the writer, in this case, the journalist, as soon as you start trying to protect a character you like, your story becomes pointless. As this quote goes, let the chips fall where they may.
All to true!