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My aim isn't to create an emotional experience. It's to tell a good story, and yes, I believe that well-defined characters are essential for telling a good story.

Maybe you don't need that for a single paragraph. For a novel of 100,000 words? Yes, you need something more than a wince.
 

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Joshua Rigley said:
Okay, so how do you do that?
How do I tell a good story? By... telling a story that I would want to hear. As for my characters, as Ryne said, to me my characters are real. They're as real as I am. I try to convey them the way I see, hear and feel them.

I don't over-intellectualise the whole process. I'm a storyteller. That's all. I'm the inheritor of a tradition of the bard, of Blind Harry the Minstrel, who sat in the village square spinning tales.
 
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