[I wonder if it’s possible to take a whole bunch of traits that mark a badly-written muse— destructive (because most of them tend to be killers of some sort), excessively angsty, pity-seeking, blurts out tragic past at the slightest provocation, tries to constantly make everything about them— and still manage to create a dimensional, well-rounded character.
That could be an interesting challenge, even more so if you’re trying to make the character appealing despite all that.]
Oh yeah, you can. I believe ANYTHING is possible if it’s well written. It just has to be acknowledged and reasoning has to be well thought out and firmly fleshed. It’s just psyche exploring when it comes down to it. Then you apply it in a realistic context.
After all, it’s not the tropes that are bad, just the way they are commonly portrayed by bad writers.
What thequirkydoctor said. It would be interesting to see what you could come up with, because in my opinion, characters are one of your strong points.