Frank & Wall on the creation of characters

by on 03/09/10 at 7:00 am

In the creation of characters, you’re using your voice to project imaginatively into another body, perhaps another time and place. You’re drawing on your emotions, memories, impressions, but you’re throwing your voice–indeed your very self–like a ventriloquist. You’re simultaneously being yourself (even discovering yourself!) and abandoning yourself to enter fully into the voice and body of another person. This is one of the extraordinary qualities of voice: its ability to clothe itself in the guise of being you and someone else.–Thaisa Frank & Dorothy Wall, Finding Your Writer’s Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction

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