Character theft

It won’t surprise you to know that we both love to read as well as write. In fact, in each of our houses we are subject to the same problem – there are little (or sometimes very large) piles of books teetering on tables, lurking underneath things and balancing on armrests.

One of the best things about being a reader is that you accumulate lots of imaginary friends. Every now and then you read a book and feel like you have found a new best friend in one of the characters. At random times you may then find yourself thinking, ‘What would they do in this situation?’ or ‘I bet this would never happen to such and such’. You have come to know ‘somebody’ so well without having actually met them. The more I read, the more friends I make, but here are a few old favourites of mine: Lyra Belacqua, Winn-Dixie and Lucy Snowe.

Have a think, do you have any characters from books that you know well? Today you can steal them and pop them into your own writing. Keep the character the same but put them into a new story – one designed by you.

2 thoughts on “Character theft

  1. I enjoyed your post and I liked scanning the titles on your shelf. I recently rediscovered Goldmund, a character in Hermann Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund. If you are ever restless in your daily life, you may find a home with this character.


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