The Character Takeover

Excerpt from FIWR Writers Retreat

When writing an inspirational novel, the writer must be able to birth a living, breathing personality, a person so real that the reader cannot separate the created form from reality, fact from fiction. To create a mere character from your imagination is somewhat like painting a picture. In the beginning, the work is flat with little detail. However, if you can breathe life into your character with enough desirable traits, shortcomings, and realistic physical attributes so that she shoves you—the writer, out of her way, then you have created in the minds of the reader, a living person. When the reader can identify with the character and mentally interact with the person you have created, now that is a great character. 

 ©2005 Ruth Carmichael Ellinger


I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
Ernest Hemmingway