By: Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Writers think a lot about
We think about them in the abstract, and we think about those individuals who rent an apartment in our subconscious and start rummaging around, looking for utility hookups and how to arrange forwarding on their mail. Sometimes they are just visiting for a few months or years.
Other times they move in and don’t check out until we do.
I ended up in the so-called genre areas for very specific reasons. The foremost of those reasons is that I read for interesting characters dealing with a plot that draws me into a world. It can be a version of our modern world, as when I read any of the excellent twists and turns
on Sherlock Holmes (you can sample
Laurie King, Carole Nelson Douglas, or Stephanie Osborn’s take on him just for
starters.) It can be a left turn in our own worlds, contemporary or historical.
My Night Calls fantasy novels set in North America circa 1810
could fall into this category. Laura Anne Gilman’s Retrievers or PUPI crime
scene investigators are mystery-fantasies that are contemporary in nature. Her
New York is not our New York (or is it?) but we recognize much about it.
I also prefer SF and fantasy because sometimes you can get people to think about important things if you introduce them to the idea in a
fantastic story. There
is subtlety and strength in metaphor.
Lately I have been thinking about new ways to build characters. I’m building a checklist of questions for your characters that I think might be a revealing place to start. In the meantime, David Mamet has come up with several questions that can help you narrow down why a character is in your story. I’m using them to help me with my next book.
The questions are:
. . .
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