on Fiction University:
Let’s be honest. When writers come across a great character in a book, one that hooks us through and through, we feel a mix of awe and envy. These fictional personas have shape and weight, and an abundance of realness that transcends the page. Their emotions, vulnerabilities, needs, and desires ring so true we can’t help but be pulled in by them. As we turn pages, shivers slide through us because these are the type of characters we want to write.
So, how does the author do it? What writerly witchcraft are they casting to lure readers away from the flesh-and-blood world and into the character’s fictional one?