For Sunday, October 11, 2015:
“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”
Confession time: I don’t read Stephen King’s horror books. I do, however, read his thoughts and advice about writing because he is such a good writer. The quote above can — and should — be considered for any fictional genre, even some creative non-fiction such as memoir. It’s all about character development and conflict. Have we created characters — even the unlikeable ones — for whom the reader will have sympathy? Or at least empathy (an anti-hero, perhaps)? How so? And then what conflict can we embroil them in? What inner monsters/conflict do they have to deal with themselves, and what outer monsters are revealed that others must then deal with? Perhaps the conflict itself is a monster. How well or badly do our characters respond?
A lot to consider from this one sentence!