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WRITING IN TONGUES-A look at character creation.
Listen then, my brothers and sisters, and I will
is a real live breathing human being, I hope,
tell thee of magic, of wondrous things and of
ancient arts. I have much to tell, and all of inter-
less he's a corpse, and you gotta watch out for
his foibles. Foibles is important, cause they's
est to the seeker after wisdom, but mark this
what makes a guy the guy he is. Foibles is eve-
and mark it well, these skills are not for shallow
men, but to make great those who would lead
rything, from the cut of his suit, to the smell of
his aftershave. The size of his wife's butt to
our humble race to greater things.
where he buys his automobiles. I aint kidding,
This then I tell to speed thee on thy quest, to
place one's heart, one's very mind, into that of
the more you got, the better you'll know your
man. Don't mean you have to put all that stuff
another, better to convey those things we wish
to tell. For is it not known that our noble listen-
on the page, just keep it in your head and the
knowing will make your fella a more rounded
ers do take amusement if the tale is told in
and believable kinda guy.
many voices, rather than the pathetic squeaking
of thy servant.
For believability is the essence of our work. If
we fail to convince the reader of the reality of
How then shall we, but made of clay, conduct
the existence of our character then the whole
this wondrous task, this work for godlings? It
requires no runes or spells, I tell thee, and only
dramatic experience is minimised if not totally
destroyed. The reader's needs must be regard-
the application of some simple practice.
ed as paramount, surpassing even the writer's
But first, my brother and sisters, ye must know
the one into whose skin you wish to climb, and
desire to express herself in a voice she regards
as totally her own. I'm sure I read an adage
once about 'knowing thy enemy', not that I dwell
upon such things, but similarly the writer must
this learning comes only from being in the com-
pany of thy victim, if I may so name him. Ye
know the character she is writing. It is of no use
must gain knowledge from this closeness, and
to write of an African princess if one has no
knowledge of how such a person exists. The
the more you cling the better shall be thy under-
standing. Note not only, my beloved friends, the
honest writer will take her pencil and notebook
tone of voice, but the turn of hem, for all things
in hand and research that existence. I do not of
course expect her to travel to the dark continent
are of import in this matter.
Yeah, you gotta get to know the guy, but big
in order to discover such truths, that would re-
style. Every little bit of him, what he eats, where
quire too much of even the most generous of
husbands, but in this modern age there are
he drinks, even things he don't know about him-
self. It's the only way to grab his voice. Sure you
many public libraries where information on such
can imagine, you're some kinda creative writer,
matters is freely available. I would strongly urge
every writer to learn the manners of the people
aintcha? Can't expect you to behave like no
newshound and just tell what you see, but you
she wishes to write if she wishes to speak in
their voice.
gotta start with what you got. And what you got