Friday, February 25, 2011

Writing and maintaining distance

I just posted these thoughts about my WIP on a Web site I contribute to daily and decided to post them here as well:

At its core, the novel I'm working on now is about something very close to my heart--motherhood--and I think that closeness is making the book more difficult to write. I put so much--perhaps too much--of myself into my fiction, and I sometimes find it hard to divorce myself from my characters. Certainly it's important to see the world through a character's eyes, but it's also necessary to maintain some distance, to see the character as a separate person with unique traits and complexities. I'm finding it hard to take that step back this time.

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