Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
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.
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...
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