Writing Characters When You Don’t Hear Voices in Your Head

Writing Characters When You Don’t Hear Voices in Your Head

Miguel Flores, Guest Contributor
People have told me their characters “talk” to them. These fictional characters use our brains as home base but are otherwise free to explore both their world and ours. When these vagabond ghost squatters re-enter our brains, they kick up their feet, scatter our neatly organized plot bunnies, and babble about their lives or rudely commentate on ours.

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When Your “Perfect” Story Falls Flat

When Your “Perfect” Story Falls Flat

Daniel Schwabauer
I had re-written the novel, then titled Baht, in 2012, as 70,000+ words of first-person narrative. Only in writing the second-to-last chapter did I realize the book wasn’t working. Though it had a lot going for it (in my opinion, anyway), it still lacked something. It lacked oomph. Drive. A sense of compulsion. I wasn’t being pulled along by the story; I was driving the story ahead of me with a cattle-prod.

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