"Without characters there's no story."
~ Anne Tyler
"I have never demanded of a set of characters that they do things my way. On the contrary, I want them to do things their way. In some instances, the outcome is what I visualized. In most, however, it’s something I never expected."
~ Stephen King
I do my best work when I feel least like its source and most like its channel.
"It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does."
~ William Faulkner
- How can you better trust your characters to reveal themselves to you?
- How can you stop trying to control your stories and, instead, let them emerge organically?
- How can you better surrender to the magic out of which all creativity is birthed?
- How can you trust that your stories and characters know themselves better than you do?
- How can you let yourself be surprised -- by your characters and by their stories?
(** Listen to my hour-long interview with Mark David Gerson, The Story Knows the Way through December 10th. **)
Mark David Gerson is the author of two award-winning books, "The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write" (one of my favorite books on writing) and "The MoonQuest: A True Fantasy," and has recorded "The Voice of the Muse Companion: Guided Meditations for Writers" on CD. He has taught and coached writing as a creative and spiritual pursuit for nearly 20 years. Through workshops, online classes, coaching and consulting, Mark David has guided writers and non-writers alike to connect with their innate wisdom, open to their creative power and express themselves with ease.