on Career Authors:
For years, I’ve taught a workshop on Acting Out of Character. The idea is that more often, too often, we hear writing advice about making sure your characters behave in character. And while that’s not bad advice… it is basic advice. It simply means to make sure you know who your characters are, and to develop them well enough and consistently enough that they feel authentic and dimensional to your readers, too.
But once you’ve done that?
It’s out of character behavior that can propel stories in more interesting ways.