Saturday, October 20, 2012
Hilary Mantel THE DEAD ARE REAL
One of my favorites was this "Sit quietly and withdraw your attention from the room you are in until you're focused inside your mind. Imagine a chair and invite your character to come sit in it. Once he is comfortable, you may ask him questions."
The first time she tried this when she was writing a novel about a giant, the giant came in but before sitting down, he tested the chair to see if it would take his weight.From then on, she knew this technique would work for her and it has.
Have you ever tried such a technique, writers? What do you do to get inside the head of a stubborn character?.