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March 5, 2018
How do authors approach characters without making everything about themselves or reproductions of themselves? One way is to know interesting and unusual people - to go around stealing from everyone they meet, a train of thought here, an insight there, a walking style, a philosophy there. Essentially writers then become nothing more than cultural scavengers taking from everything and only leaving behind a distillation, little droppings of a greater life out there somewhere. The other way is to be interesting or have a way to grasp the basics of humanity and be able to twist and alter them at will.