Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Know What Your Characters Want Most

“Find out what each character cares most about in the world because then you will have discovered what’s at stake.” -- Anne Lamott in bird by bird.
I begin writing a story the way I envision it. Isn't this how it works for most authors? Even if I think about the story for a while before typing any words, the original idea is still from my point of view. It’s after the first draft that I get a feel for the real story. That's when I look carefully at the characters’ conflicts. Once I understand what the protagonist and antagonist want, I can write the true events that lead to the conclusion of the tale. And it's at this point that I can answer the question “How did it come to this?”.

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