Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Let Your Characters Tell Their Story

“The artist is not meant to be a judge of his characters and what they say; his only job is to be an impartial witness.” -- Anton Chekhov in Anton Chekhov on Writing.
It’s easy for me to write a story from my perspective. After all, the story line is my idea. How can I not be an integral part of every story? I guess that’s part of the magic of writing. I have to allow myself to be someone else, to provide my characters with the ability to speak their own minds, even if I don’t agree with what they want to say. I’m getting better at letting my characters take over, but I’m not there yet. How do you deal with this?

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