Creating Characters Always Involves a Few Ink Stains.

24 August 2012

Finding a blogger with wisdom, maturity, and a fresh sense of humor is always a treat. Finding a blogger who happens to be an amazing writer is exciting. But finding a blogger who has all the above — and is only sixteen years old — is amazing, in that we-are-kindred-spirits way. Abigail J. Hartman, young author of The Soldier's Cross, is one of those rare bloggers. Every time I visit her blog, Scribbles and Ink Stains, I am rendered speechless by her comprehensive insights into literature and the heart-wrenching book snippets she shares. So when Abigail said she wanted me to write a guest post for her, I was both incredibly honored and apprehensive at the thought of my writing appearing on her blog. Would it be good enough? Wouldn't it look terribly childish and immature in comparison to her other posts? But my fears were soon set aside as Abigail and I communicated through email. She was always kind and encouraging, and it was truly a pleasure to include her in my tour. Our discussion today has been on memorable characters: how does one invent such unforgettable, original people anyway?

sneak peak:

C.S. Lewis' unforgettable opening lines — "There was a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it" — are a perfect example of how much a book's readability depends on the characters that inhabit it. When I first read those words as a child, I knew very little about where the plot would carry me, and yet I had already decided that I was going to like this book. Why? Because Lewis opened his book with a character that demanded your attention from the start. Already I was wondering why Eustace almost deserved his horrid name. If you don't care about the characters, it doesn't matter what fantastic plot twists the author puts in his story. You may be surprised that a man who seemed trustworthy is really the villain in disguise, but you'll only yawn in boredom when he wounds the protagonist in a duel. After all, what does it matter that the main character may die in the next three pages? You never cared about him in the first place. Frankly, you're more curious about what you'll be eating for lunch.

Obviously we don't want our readers considering the everyday occurence of a midday meal more exciting than the riveting plots we took months, even years to craft just right . . .

Click here to read the full post at Scribbles and Ink Stains.

2 epistles:

  1. So I guess right then that you were stopping by Scribbles and Ink Stains?

  2. A lovely post, Elizabeth Rose! I commented on this entire post over at Scribbles and Ink Stains, so... a better comment is over that way. " :-)

    A fellow writer,


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