Becoming Each of My Characters

My current project tells its story in first person narrative point-of-view. Even if the story is only told from the perspective of that one character, as part of my writing process, I become each of the other characters. I live the story, act out the story, in turn, as each character to experience how he or she behaves, reacts, and speaks. Having created a great deal of back story for each character, I know each well, but I must put myself into their bodies and become them to ensure I have written scenes where they behave as they should. Becoming each of my characters — human, dragon, alien, bird, whatever — is thrilling. The exhilaration of becoming someone else, something else, is one of the addictive rewards of writing fiction.

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