Great Characters

“What is certainly true of all great characters is they are larger-than-life. I do not mean that they are unrealistic. Quite the contrary. What is mean is they act, speak and think in ways you or I most of the time cannot, or at any rate do not. They say the things we wished we had said. They do things we dream about doing. They feel feelings authentically and without turning away…

Again, I do not mean great fictional creations provide only shallow fantasy fulfillment; rather, I mean they express for us our greatest purposes and our deepest desires. They are us. That is the reason we identify with them.” 

Donald Maas Writing the Breakout Novel p. 38


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