Objective: The objective is to differentiate subjects worthy of recording from those that are simply mundane. Most of our daily activities are not worth writing about; the job of any writer is to recognize aspects of human character or history that deserve to be memorialized and to create characters with depth.
1) Exercise 1
The author tells us that part of the difficulty in writing his novel was in creating a character with "depth," that is, a character worth remembering. Working in small groups, identify the characteristics of the narrator that give him the depth to which the author is referring.
Create a list of favorite entertainers, writers, movie stars or sport figures about whom you know. Choose two or three for group discussion and answer the following questions:
--Will that individual be remembered 20 or 30 years from now?
--Is that character worthy of having a book written about...
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