Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Gore Vidal

051815_2029_writersquot1I’m sure it’s safe to say that we all enjoy to share quotes; those which inspire us, those which make us laugh, or those which resonate on a personal level. There are a variety of reasons, and thanks to Colleen from Silver Threading, we get to do just that. Today I would like to share with you a quote by Gore Vidal:

Gore Vidal Quote

I find this quote particularly interesting because I enjoy the concept of being a casting director for the characters inside my head. Of course it’s never that simple. I don’t have characters queuing up for the casting couch, as they wait for me to decide their fate. Usually the loudest steps to the front and hounds me until I am forced to give them my full attention. But there are certainly characters I’m familiar with, those I don’t necessarily know where to place. Then an idea will come out of the blue, and I’ll know exactly who to cast for the story.

How do you cast the characters vying for attention in your head? Can you relate to Gore’s quote? Do you have another favourite you’d like to share with us?

Thanks for stopping by.


15 responses to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Gore Vidal”

  1. Mel, that is the perfect way to envision the characters in your book. How creative you are! Thank you for joining in with such a meaningful quote. I love the idea that as you get older all the characters you had rattling around in your brain finally step into reality through your writing. That is just excellent! 😀 ❤

  2. This is sooooo true. I’ve noticed I have about seven personal archetypes that I just keep cycling through. They’re who I’m most comfortable with… but I need to grow that base up some more!!

  3. It’s like the chicken and the egg with me: What comes first, the character or the plot? 😉 Usually it’s the plot that takes form and then characters start to come to mind but as with you, I have a couple of characters floating around in my head just waiting for the right story to come along! 🙂

    • Thanks 🙂 I asked myself that same question, and you’re right – it’s an interesting one. I wouldn’t even like to hazard a guess, I’m just grateful I have a repertoire to call upon!

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