Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." —William Wordsworth

I write thrillers. But if I don't write characters readers connect with, who cares?

For me, breathings of your heart, means writing a story that matters. Energize the plot with stakes that touch our cores with situations we can relate to. Breathe a story that's filled with humanity and an energy we don't always find when we step out our doors every day.

It also means going beyond just understanding the character. It means giving them purpose. Giving them sorrow and hope and failure and... well, you get the idea.

I think I'm getting better at that bit, and that makes me feel good.

It's all better with friends.

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