A few weeks ago, I did a workshop on creating believable contemporary characters, and in the research process, I found a lot of inspirational quotes for writers — and readers. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“Your source material is the people you know, not those you don’t know, but every character is an extension of the author’s own personality.”
― Edward Albee
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
― Mark Twain
“Characterization is an accident that flows out of action and dialogue.”
― Jack Woodford
“When you’re with your wife, you don’t say I love you to your wife every day but the ways you look at her and your actions are another way to communicate. Don’t focus on dialogue, only focus on what you’re expressing.”
― Michel Hazanavicius
“I tend to relate to a character in terms of the arc: what’s interesting is where he starts versus where he ends up .”
― Edward Norton
“If you’re writing about a character, if he’s a powerful character, unless you give him vulnerability I don’t think he’ll be as interesting to the reader.”
What do you think? Are you ready to pick up your pencil (or open up your laptop) and get creating?