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Ibsen on the writing process

Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in my mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul. — Henrik Ibsen

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Steinbeck on characters

Make the people live. Make them live. But my people must be more than people. They must be an over-essence of people.–John Steinbeck

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McKee on the need to write a good story

But the love of a good story, of terrific characters and a world driven by your passion, courage, and creative gifts is still not enough. Your goal must be a good story well told.–Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

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McKee on story

In story, we concentrate on that moment, and only that moment, in which a character takes an action expecting a useful reaction from his world, but instead the effect of his action is to provoke forces of antagonism. The world of the character reacts differently than expected, more powerfully than expectred, or both.–Robert McKee, Story: […]

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Fitzgerald on writing characters

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type, begin with type, and you find you have created–nothing.–F. Scott Fitzgerald

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