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Not sure what a character should do?

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Ask him or her. That’s the advice I picked up from an “Art of Fiction” interview with Israeli novelist David Grossman in Paris Review #182. Here’s the exchange:

Q: Do you have any strategies you employ when you get stuck?

A: Sometimes I write a letter to my protagonist, as if he were a real human being. I ask, What’s the difficulty? Why can’t you make it? What is preventing me from understanding you. It’s always helped.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to write someone a letter.

Written by guterman

December 13, 2007 at 9:16 am

Posted in writing

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