Thursday, January 31, 2013
The fourth graders have been considering all the ways authors create believable characters, the kinds who make such a deep impression on the reader that they feel like people we know. Do authors start with lists like the one created by the children? Noticeably absent are any physical characteristics!
I am thinking about the well-developed characters in The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I learned so much about them while immersed in the book that I wouldn't be surprised to meet one by chance. Fictional characters sometimes live on the edge of those people I really do know.