Thursday, February 28, 2013

Filling the character well...

When I am writing/revising a novel, I carry my characters around with me all the time. Thoughts they might have, words they might say, pop into my mind at the strangest times. I do a great deal of research, including reading, interviews, and character worksheets. However, there's an evanescent part of character-building that I, for one, cannot quite reach through these methods. For this, I need movement or music. Although I rarely play tunes while actually writing, I find that music brings me to an emotional space that connects facts with feeling. For my current novel, I've been listening to a lot of
Miles Davis
Neon Trees
Ingrid Michaelson
Makem & Clancy
The Civil Wars
The Lumineers

An eclectic mix, I know, but it does what it needs to do: Open my heart and set my characters free.

And, while I'm revising and insufficiently participating in other blogospheric fun, here are a couple of virtual places you might want to visit today:

Bookanistas:  Jessica Love has high praise for ELEANOR & PARK, and Katy Upperman  shines a light on THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT.

VerseDay 2013 continues over at the blog of the amazing Marcie Atkins.

 And away we go into March...!



Aurora Smith said...

March already?

Stasia said...

Yes, March already, Aurora. Sigh.