Monday, January 24, 2011

Faulkner on character

This is William Faulkner, speaking at the University of Virginia on The Sound and The Fury, specifically the character of Quentin Compson:

...every time any character gets into a book, no matter how minor, he's actually telling his biography- that's all anyone ever does, he tells his own biography, talking about himself, in a thousand different terms, but himself.

Ask yourself - are your characters doing that? If not, you may have names in your stories, not characters.

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