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Are the characters someone you want to be?  Or are they simply just characters?

From: Raymond E. Feist
Date: 15 May 2009
Just characters.

Readers often get odd attachments to characters, which is what the writer wishes to happen if he/she is doing their job correctly. Writers sometimes get attached to their characters--I don't--and it can throw off their ability to tell a convincing story if the writer isn't careful.

But writing a character that is someone you want to be is a pretty adolescent wish-fulfillment fantasy, and rarely makes for good reading.

Best, R.E.F.

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