thank you for your reply. It must be so interesting to be able to create a character and then a story around them. Can you say how they develop? Do they appear in your mind as sort of shadowy and then take on substance and colour? Orpop up complete?!Quote
I don't know if I've ever actually shed tears, Susan, but fictional characters have come alive in my mind--even fictional characters I've written about myself. As those fictional characters move about and live (so to speak), I have all the feelings about them that I would have, if they were real.
It is interesting to think of some of the children I taught over the years. There was one boy whose talent for writing was clearly evident at the age of tenand who went on at the Secondary School to become, in his first year there, editor of the school journal. He was a slightly odd-ball, but the other children respected his ability and would read his work.