Thursday, March 6, 2014

WRITING FICTION with Patricia O'Reilly - MORE ON DEVELOPING CHARACTERS (5)

Another good session, number 5, with creativity filling the four corners of our room. And even better the read out of a splendid short story from one of the participants. And a joyous picture...

Determination!!!
We discussed how good stories come in organic globs, not in strongly segmented or layered activities; not orderly, dry and technical. And how strong characters are at the heart of great literature - characters thrilling, troubling, seductive insistent. And how it's every writers' own enigmatic being that constitutes the focus of his research.

When writing fiction characters can emerge quickly or slowly. Shyly or Boisterously. The best way to learn how to present a character is to READ (I recommend that books that win or make long and/or short book awards are a good choice). By reading critically acknowledged authors writers learn how a character can be presented - through dialogue, action, physical attributes, interior monologue - a process that continues until it becomes reflex embedded in your understanding - making you access anything/anyone's potential for fiction.

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