This week’s ‘wise’ quotation comes from Scarlett Thomas, a writer and teacher I love. Her book, Monkeys With Typewriters (see Writing Books I Love), is one I turn to often for inspiration and advice. Scarlett Thomas brings together old and new traditions to help us understand the nature of writing and storytelling. Here, she gives us a wonderful insight into the power of writers to shape character:
…when you create characters you must be the perfect god…you must love your characters – yes, even the antagonists. You must not judge them. You must show them compassion. Give them free will, a super objective, some obstacles and incentives and see what happens. They will make mistakes because we all do; they will be lonely sometimes because we all are; they will hope for things to get better, as we all do. If you do it well, we will see ourselves in them.
Scarlett Thomas, Monkeys With Typewriters, P297