This is the writing blog of Rosalind Minett. The logo is a humorous pastiche of Picasso translated into Girl with Computer (rather than mirror). Its two faces suggest to me the outer and the inner person or looking out and looking in.
The name, The Characterful Writer, describes the fiction I most enjoy: character-led, irrespective of genre. Stories satisfy me when complex characters interact in a way true to their personalities. I am then gripped by events around them. I am always disappointed when characters only serve the plot. They need to live independently.
This blog offers eclectic matters related to the work of writing, but particularly in respect of characters. It may have a post about the complex mental activities involved in the act of various writing, the techniques used, or the range of possible stimuli.
I love cross-fertilisation. A visit, a sighting, a meeting, a conversation, a performance, an art gallery, an event: all these can gift a writer new ideas. Sometimes the most unlikely incident provides the one image or concept needed for the current work. Other art forms might even stimulate a new approach to writing.
I will sometimes review a book here, perhaps contemporary world fiction in translation, but there are also self-published, high quality novels that need bringing to a wider audience.
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