Out & About
February 21, 2016
As writers, we should strive to create empathy with our readers.
Not with ourselves, but with others-to understand their point of view,
and to try to get a handle on their feelings. We can never know just
by looking at someone what life issues they have endured or are
facing in the future. Great book characters are those who others can
identify with, perhaps giving them some way of dealing with life, even
if it is through a work of fiction. Try to imagine being ostracised from
a group because of disablity, social ineptness, poverty or mental illness.
How would we feel? The old song from the 60's "Walk a Mile in My Shoes"
was a great example of understanding before reacting. This quote from
Harper Lee came from the children's book review site, Brightly.