Thursday, June 7, 2007

Staying in character?

Continuing this idea of poems in a series, I realized that I enjoy writing in character—giving each person in my made-up place his or her own voice. At least, I hope they read as different voices.

But while trying to find the voice of that character, I feel that I start to even out. I might think of a really great image—but syntactically, it doesn't fit the rest of the poem. It doesn't fit the character. Or maybe I'm expecting my people to be too ordinary?

How do you stay original and stay in character?

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