How do we bring characters alive in our stories. It’s a challenge. Should I follow Kurt Vonnegut’s suggestion:
Another quote guides me away from pages of description:
As for information, it may or may not contribute to understanding. We may know a person’s height, weight, hair color, ethnic background, and occupation. This is information. But until we are aware of temperament, anxieties, joys, and ambitions, we do not know that person. Information is not a person; spirit is. (Rebecca J. Lukens, A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature.)
Spirit, that helps. I have to find the few lines that make this spirit come alive.
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