Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Love reading Lynn Biederstadt  :-)

Sky Diaries

Where do great characters come from? What is the difference between a character who steps off the page and one who is little more than a shade? And how can we be the writer who crosses the divide between the former and the latter?

This is a topic big enough for several posts…and one waaaaayyyy bigger than I can tackle in its entirety at six in the morning.

Let’s start in the most obvious place. Characters, like babies, are born intact from us. They spring from our foreheads like little Athenas. Which means that they’ve got to be whole to begin with.

For me, that means carrying the creature to its full gestation. Not writing him or her until he/she is ready to be written; until he or she walks around inside me, talking, thinking, acting…behaving like a real being.

But how do we prepare them for that voyage into…

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4 responses to “

  1. lynnbiederstadt July 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you so much, AZ, for sharing this here!


  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    You’re Very welcome, LB :-)


  3. Angela Yuriko Smith July 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing this fascinating post. You always make us think!


  4. Alexander M Zoltai July 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Why, what a lovely compliment, Angela :-)


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