Joyce Carol Oates on Writing Characters

I came across this video of critically acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates discussing how a writer develops realistic characters, using examples from her novel “The Gravedigger’s Daughter.” Although the lecture is about three years old, the information is relevant and Oates can certainly be a terrific inspiration to any writer.

In the novel, a family desperate to escape Nazi Germany settles in upstate New York, where the father is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger an cemetery caretaker. What follows is a tale of unspeakable tragedy, as the gravedigger’s daughter begins her astonishing pilgrimage into America, an odyssey of ingenious self-invention and bittersweet triumph – Book Passage


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  1. If I had a nickel for each time I came here! Incredible post.

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