- Nancy Kress, from Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint(Writer's Digest Books, 2005)
I bet you can name a character or two from a book in a blink who has made an indelible impression on you. Ready? Go!
For me, it has always been Jo Marsh and Scarlett O'Hara. Maybe since I read both books in my early teens those characters made a mark on impressionable me. But I suspect it had more to do with the well-rounded characters which each of the authors crafted. More recently, I am in awe of John Green's Hazel and Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars.
Today, I'm meeting with my writing group to draw from a hat the names of different places around town. Then we'll scatter to these locations and write for a specified amount of time, observing the people, activities, and setting in our assigned spots. I'm wondering about the characters I'll come up with from this activity: what they'll look like, what they're thinking about, who they love? I'm looking forward to meeting them.
I'll let you know how it turns out.