Further words of wisdom…

In keeping with the last post more wisdom from renown members of the craft. In this case famous writers on the subject of characters… If I am totally with any of them here, I would like to think it is with Joss Weldon.


Kurt Vonnegut:  Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

Robert McKee:  The finest writing not only reveals true character, but arcs or changes that inner nature, for better or worse, over the course of the telling.

Alice Hoffman: After a while, the characters I’m writing begin to feel real to me. that’s when I know I’m heading in the right direction.

Joss Whedon: I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.

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Stephen King: I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.

Been Weeks: Weak characters make for weak stories.

Ernest Hemingway: When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

Barbara Taylor Bradford: The character is the plot of the novel. Character is destiny.

Trueman Capote: You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.



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