that interior voice

March 7, 2019

I never design a character. I write very, very slowly at the beginning of a novel and that helps to get into that interior voice. I’m inside their heads. But I don’t construct them – they simply exist. I don’t understand the neurological process, the imaginative process that helps that to occur.

Kate Atkinson
Interview with Michele Magwood for the Sunday Times


February 27, 2018

Characters begin as voices, then gain presence by being viewed in others’ eyes. Characters define one another in dramatic contexts. It is often very exciting, when characters meet – out of their encounters, unanticipated stories can spring.

Joyce Carol Oates
Interview with Mia Funk