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I'm currently reading the "Save the Cat Writes a Novel" book, which has been a helpful exercise. However, the author advises giving your main character (in addition to a problem, a want, and a need), a "flaw" that will be somehow alleviated or solved by the progression of the plot. I'm working on a historical fantasy story that involves a female main character discovering she has unprecedented abilities that are forbidden by her society. I don't think this social restriction qualifies as a flaw, but I also feel like shoehorning in an intrinsic character flaw isn't really the point of the story. She's just a regular person, who is not perfect by any means, but I'm having trouble identifying one big personality issue to assign her. Does every main character need this innate flaw? Or can a "regular Joe discovering something extraordinary" type of story be just as compelling? I'm struggling to understand what this "flaw" adds to the narrative, when the story isn't necessarily about fixing something broken in herself, but more about "coming of age" under less than ideal circumstances. Thoughts?!

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