Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Just to be clear

Lyda, unless, I'm misreading you, you're saying my fiction is pointless and you're saying it about every single writer who isn't character driven. It sounds like you're claiming that there is one true way to write. If either of these things is really your opinion, I flat out disagree.

Characters are tools I use to explore other ideas. Do I have to make them interesting and compelling if I want people to read my stuff? Of course. Do I have to use my own internal emotions and history to do that? Likewise of course. But character is not the engine that drives my interest or my writing. Never has been, never will be. And, honestly if all that matters are the characters, why bother to write genre at all?

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