Saturday, May 18, 2019

Characters real and imagined

One of the challenges of writing creative nonfiction is conceiving the people in your story as characters. These people exist and often you know them personally. How can they be a function of a story rather than their actual selves?

But, just as with fiction, a story won't work well unless the characters are conceived as part of its crafting. Even though they are real people, they also need to be imagined. Otherwise, the reader will find it hard to connect with them, no matter familiar they are to you.