Author Naomi Brett Rourke on How Her Theater Experiences Help Her With Characterization

After working in theater, author Naomi Brett Rourke still uses the lessons she learned there in her novel writing. In theater, you have to dig deeply into a character to make them real, explains Rourke. The playwright, actor, and director all need insight into a character to best express him or her on stage. An author also has to do this in a novel. Think about who your character is, what motivates him or her, and what experiences he or she has lived through. Doing so makes your characters more believable and interesting.

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