Monday, February 11, 2008

Characters Behaving Badly

From Digital Digressions: Debunking Popular Myths about Creativity:

"Creativity...involves making the familiar strange and the strange familiar."

In writing my novels, I seem to specialize in making the strange familiar. I like taking difficult characters, sometimes behaving badly, and making them clear enough that anyone can understand why they act the way they do.

In my writing, I want to make it possible to identify with anyone. Partly because it's a challenge. Partly because I'm curious about why people surprise me the way they do.

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Debra w said...

Hmmm, this is very telling, Peggy. You are very good at this, and I find it very intriguing.

Peggy Payne said...

I think the fact that I grew up in the Jim Crow South and didn't question it then, makes me aware that I can really be blind to something important. That is always with me, and affects how I view other folks who miss something important or blunder hugely.

Debra w said...

You turned a negative into a positive, Peggy. Your analysis proves how far you have come.