Sunday, June 6, 2010


You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.
Henry D. Thoreau


  1. Oh poo. And here I was thinking they would just happen ... ;)

  2. It can be a lot of work - but creating characters is the best part of writing for me :)

  3. Sometimes it sure feels that way!

  4. Hi

    Wonderful quote - I must start hammering away!

    Have a great Sunday!!!

    Take care

  5. Hi Jessica! You're too cute! I know what ya mean! ;)

    Jemi! Yes, it's quite fun, isn't it?

    Renae, hello! It does, doesn't it? Never a dull moment in this life to forging who you are.

    Jennifer, thank you! You too! :)

  6. But dreaming is so much easier! This is a cool thought! (I say cool because my son informed me that the word wonderful was "girly"--not that you'd mind a girly word.)

    I'm so excited to work with you on MMW!

  7. Lisa, lol! And all this time I thought cute was a girl word? ;)

    Angie, thank you!!! :)

  8. That's a lovely, lovely quote! Even if it does make what we do such hard work :)

  9. I love that quote. Can we extend it to the writing process? How about, "You cannot dream your way into writing convincing characters: you must hammer and forge them in the crucible of revision."

    I wonder if that works. Maybe not, but I think I like it. :)

  10. Sangu, so true! Never ending process... *sigh*

    Simon, wow, I love that quote! Great one!!!! :D thank you, I love that. I might quote you on FB or on my blog one of these days! ;)


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