This simple exchange between two little girls ignited my lifelong love affair with books and libraries. I couldn’t get enough of either.
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Writing can be a lonely pursuit. Talking to your friends and family about your work in progress is nice, and I did plenty of that, but they don’t really understand what you’re going through and eventually—although they would never say so—they get tired of hearing it. A couple of years ago I was at a spot in my writing career where I had published a few books and had made several connections with other authors at conferences and online. But I longed to connect with writers in my own backyard. To that end, I joined a local writers group, the Pocono Liars Club, which met at my local library. This…
Characters are the most important element of any well-crafted story. So, not surprisingly, a lot goes into creating them. Many writers develop full histories and personality descriptions for even minor characters, including things like where they were born and details of their childhood—even though none of that information ever makes it into the story. And of course, authors need to consider the character's physical appearance. What color are their hair and eyes, what is their race? Are they short, tall, portly, skinny? Even a carefully chosen name can enhance the image the author is creating.