Feminism has tried to define a strong female character, but maybe the strong female characters should be what redefines feminism.
Emotions are essential in Stories. The reader, the characters, and the writer should all be experiencing a variety of emotions.
The backstory is the part that isn't included in the story. But for the writer, it adds depth and additional ideas.
The continuous debate of plot vs character is less of a debate, and more of the balance of moving a story forward.
My greatest hero is Jesus Christ, and we get to celebrate Him as a hero every Easter! He teaches me how I can be better and write better.