Living Through Fictional Characters

Freewrite on a writer's connection to characters

Freewrite on a writer's connection to characters

This two-page typescript appears to be a late night free write prodded on by the unusual action Robert Cormier is taking with a speech he will deliver. He mentions planning to speak on the dark side of writing: censorship and death. His description of writing death scenes for his characters is intimate and poignant. His connection with and empathy towards his characters causes him grief, a feeling he credits to writers as they all live through their characters.

Related Links:

A compilation of authors' thoughts on their relationship to their characters
http://www.openbookontario.com/news/imaginary_friends_how_writers_relate_their_characters

Kristen Houghton's article on the similarities between authors and their characters
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-houghton/are-authors-anything-like-the-characters-they-write_b_7225892.html

Living Through Fictional Characters