Take Five: #18 of 30: Painting with fire

Take Five
Five-minute reads about writing
Nov. 3 - Nov. 30, 2010

Courtesy: Sasha Soren (Random Magic)
Twitter: @RandomMagicTour

#18 of 30: Painting with fire

Interestingly, you can learn about human beings through characters in books. But normally because the writer was making some observation about the way we live our lives, through some particular character -- and that character is just a reflection of something that writer has observed in life. But life is the source of the fuel.

For example, in Random Magic, would say that if you wanted to see some of the characters symbolically, then:

Winnie would be an exploration of courage. Also, would say, she’s an exploration of the indomitable nature of the human spirit. She’s bravery personified.

Callie would be an exploration of the mystery of creative ability, its source and why it’s necessary, she illustrates the power of being able to create.

The Red Queen, in contrast, would be an exploration of the human being’s ability to destroy.

Effie would be an exploration of why music is a source of comfort and happiness to us; music is not strictly something we need to survive, like air or food or shelter, yet there’s some mystery about music in that it feeds our soul.

Do we really need music? No. But can you imagine a world without music?

And so on.

From author interview with Sasha Soren.
Interviewer: The Bookette (@the_bookette)

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