I find NY agent Donald Maass often instructive. I needed this observation today:

So how can we ensure that our characters are as passionately engaged on the page as they are in our minds?  The easiest way to excavate their passions is to develop — and put on display — their opinions.


How does your protagonist feel about grunge boots?  Puccini?  Porcini mushrooms?  Hegel’s idea of a civil society?  The future of aviation?  Texting while walking?  It’s interesting to learn such opinions, isn’t it?


That’s my point.  Characters who are engaged — who care about things, small and big — in turn engage us.

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I tend to hold back too much in my writing. It’s time I let Claude have her say.