Beware the Forces of Dehumanization in Storytelling, Part 1

Once upon a time, as I was innocently sitting at my desk, I noticed that I had absolutely nothing to write about.

What to do?

Well, I did what I always do: I fished around in what I call my “character drawer”, where I have some faceless, sexless, colorless, ageless dolls. And, at random, I picked one out.

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The Artist in Disguise in Isaac Bashevis Singer

Novelists write about every kind of character imaginable. Or do they?

Sometimes, I wonder.

No matter how a writer may strive to shape his or her characters into mundane or average peopleit seems to me that some spark of the creative imagination that bore them, some impression of the sculptor’s hand, often remains.

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