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Developing a Deeper Understanding of Characters

Yesterday after Christmas shopping in Pike Place Market and struggling through Seattle’s maze of traffic revisions and detours (much like my novel re-write) I finally made it to Louisa’s for our Friday writing practice. I was late. I even toyed with not showing up since I was late and frustrated. Frustrated is not always my best frame of mind for writing.  But show up I did.  

We wrote for 30 minutes, as we do, and then shared what we wrote. I was glad I showed up because what I wrote mattered to my rewrite and what I learned mattered to my entire novel.
What mattered to my entire novel was what one of my writing friends, Max, mentioned to me, that there was an author that may be of interest to me as I’m writing from the POV of a Korean War Vet. He suggested I check out Karl Marlantes who wrote Matterhorn and What It Is Like To Go To War. Max had no way of knowing that what Marlantes wrote about and talks about is exactly what I needed to push forward with my protagonist; his thoughts, suffering, nightmares and spiritual journey. By listening to Marlantes interviews I feel so much more confident that I’m on the right track with my character. Confidence is a powerful writing tool. THANX MAX!

Do you ever listen to u-tube interviews of authors who are writing on similar subjects or have written books in your genre? If not, you should.

If you’re interested in local author, Marlantes, or if you’re writing a war veteran, or are a war vet, or simply want to check out another Washington State author follow these links.
Watch his Interview with PNWA’s William Kenower
Or listen to Marlantes’s interview on NPR about his book, What It Is Like To Go To War.


One comment on “Developing a Deeper Understanding of Characters

  1. Stephen Hayes
    December 10, 2011

    I'll check it out. Have a great week.

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