Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Anthology of New Writing -- Vol. 15

In The Anthology of New Writing (Volume 15), Julian Barnes writes about using real characters in his novel Arthur & George.

Excerpt from the Essay:

"Novelists vary in how much, and how soon, they need to 'see' their characters. Some work 'outside in', unable to begin without a full physical presence; others (like me) tend to work 'inside out', starting from functional or moral significance. In the latter case, a character may be active in a novel without yet having a settled outline; then, at some point -- even, with a minor figure, fairly late in the writing -- the question of appearance needs attending to. Hair colour? Eyes? Stooping or erect of carriage? And so on."

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