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Depth in Fiction

Source: Talking Fiction > ChipMacGregor.com

Frank asked, “Put simply, where does depth in fiction come from?”

Depth is found when multidimensional characters who I can relate to face the timeless questions of life in the midst of complex circumstances, then make decisions that are open to interpretation. Their choices may not be right, but as a reader, I get to go through the experience with the characters. THAT’S what causes me to learn, what helps me to understand myself, what leaves me thinking about your book. And this can’t be faked – so you can’t write with an agenda. Nothing is more boring than to read a polemic masquerading as a novel.

I love the first sentence of this response to a reader question. “Depth is found when multidimensional characters who I can relate to face the timeless questions of life in the midst of complex circumstances, then make decisions that are open to interpretation.” Fabulous.

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