We’ve all heard the phrase, “Life isn’t all black and white.” The implication of this phrase is that there are certain situations in life that are nuanced, that there isn’t just one way of looking at them. The same should be true of the characters we create. Our characters should not be simplistic or their actions predictable. They should sometimes surprise us with unexpected moral decisions. Their complexities should emerge in ways that cause our readers to ponder the complexities of their own inner lives. Let’s have the courage as writers to unearth that achingly beautiful and hallowed ground between the black and white.