Living Through Fictional 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.
A compilation of authors' thoughts on their relationship to their characters
Kristen Houghton's article on the similarities between authors and their characters