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