Revealing the interiority of a character in a way that feels natural, yet resonates powerfully within a reader is one of the most difficult tasks of the fiction writer. Considering how powerful that emotional connection between reader and character can prove to be, and how empty a story can feel without it, it’s vital that the writer bridge the distance between reader and character in ways that are subtle rather than clumsy.
But how does one accomplish it?
John Thornton Williams goes on to explain in his November Glimmer Train Newsletter bulletin Indirection of Image.
Other craft essays include:
Aurelie Sheehan: My City (or, On the Idea of Making It My Own)
Peter Turchi: Puzzle and Mystery
Greg Schreur: The Creative Process: A Diuretic Metaphor