Caryn Thurman • May 29th, 2005
Just as there are endless possibilities for a story, poem or novel, the way a writer approaches their writing and develops the work can be equally varied. LitKicks member only-me
posed this question:
"I sat down at my computer recently with the intention of writing a short story. I had no idea what it would be, I wanted to take an image and see where the thing went, where I took it.
Before I could start, a thought struck me and I ended up developing it into a piece of non-fiction.
The thought was what comes first -- the story or the characters? Do the characters create the story themselves or are they merely pawns pulled together and molded as the story forms itself? I'm intrigued by how different people approach their work.
Do you imagine a character first and shape a story around that character, or fit suitable characters into a story you've created? Maybe the two are inseparable in your imagination. Or do you never even consider this and let them create each other?"