Building Character

When I read I find myself most fascinated by the characters who grow emotionally and who take chances despite their fears. The ones I carry with me long after I put a book down  have a range of emotion  and  through their experiences teach me a little something about life.  When I think back to  the influential characters of my childhood these characters and their lessons come to mind: Nancy Drew, be inquisitive and pay attention to the details; Miss Bianca (The Rescuers) be brave and persistent; Lucy (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe) have faith; and  Mary (The Secret Garden) love can changes lives and be magical.  The influence of characters has continued as I have read in my adulthood: the cadre of characters in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, that the human spirit can not be conquered by oppressors;  The Sister Frevisse series by Margaret Frazer, that human failings and emotions are timeless; and Sissy from  The Scandalous Summer of Sissy La Blanc, you have to be true to yourself even if that means bucking the conventional.  I find that when I create characters as I write, they teach me lessons too, but that is a topic for a future blog.  I challenge you to think about the characters who have been most influential and what they taught you.  I think you will find those characters helped to build your own.

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