Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Empathise or Sympathise

Well, today I put my hero in prison and now I'm still agonising about how to get him out of there. In 1826, it wasn't so easy. I discovered that the defendant didn't even get a lawyer; only the prosecution had that privilege. Also, I'm struggling with the art of making one's hero attractive to everyone else. Showed a bit of my work to a published author and she said that she knew she ought to care about my hero's plight, but she didn't. I didn't make her care. She suggested 'going deep into his point of view.' She recommended a book called 'How to Write Damn Good Fiction' by James Frey.

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