Friday, July 20, 2012

Write as if your characters' lives depended on it.

This thought came to me this morning when I realized, that in my new (getting older by the minute) manuscript, I have not been as committed  to my characters and their needs as I usually am. The storyline is developing, but the characters are still not, as yet, fully living and breathing individuals. For a while it has felt a little bit like pushing puppets into position and making them speak and move. I now have to really get to know them, one by one, and find out who they are, what their dreams and hopes are, and what is at stake for them in this world I've created. Then move forward together. I can't let them down.


Lisa Dalrymple said...

Another well-placed, well-timed posting for me. Thanks Margaret!

Margaret Buffie said...

Thanks Lisa. I had to edit this post, though, as it was a bit garbled, :-) but glad the core of the message resonated with you. I finally figured out what I have to do and I'm looking forward to re-meeting my characters!