New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand believes, “Building a good (fictional) character is key to your novel making a difference in the world.” At the August 21 Literary Lunch, learn why and how building good characters are critical.
1. Good characters drive the story, entertain, and inform us. They're important because fictional characters are different from—not identical to—real people.
2. E.M. Forster's idea of Homo Sapiens (real people) versus Homo Fictus (fictional people) should change the way we write.
3. We can know a character in a book better than we can know another human being. Empathy and understanding of each other are what changes the mind of the world.
4. Modern examples illustrate how a character in a book changed the consciousness of its readership.
5. Beginning novelists often make rookie mistakes when trying to create character; learn how to fix them.
Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, MY PLAIN JANE (also with Ashton and Meadows) and the upcoming THE HOW AND THE WHY. Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently lives in Boise, ID, with her husband, two kids, two cats, a crazy dog, and an entourage of imaginary friends.
The Idaho Writers Guild, writers working for writers, meets the third Tuesday of every month (excluding November and December). The Literary Lunches are open to the public. The fee (which includes lunch) is $20 for members of the Idaho Writers Guild and $25 for non-members. For more information about the IWG Literary Lunch, go to www.idahowritersguild.com, contact Merilee Marsh, 208-921-5328, or email email@example.com.