The Prompter Room

For Sunday, October 11, 2015:

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”

Stephen King

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!


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