Learning from a Master Writer

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As I dream a duet of characters into existence for my next project, I am informed by the late Umberto Eco’s comment above.

Though every writer and reader understands that novels’ heroes are crafted fictional constructs, unless those heroes feel like each of us at some level, our narratives will fail.

So today my job is to discover the physical and emotional shapes and scars, talents and tendencies of two in their twenties named Orla and Tad, bound together and wrested apart simultaneously amid forces they had not imagined.  Whether either or both will rise to the heroic is anyone’s guess.

Here goes…

 

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