The Fault in Our Stars author John Green appeared on Monday night’s episode of Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report to talk about his book. What I found particularly interesting in the interview occurred when Green discussed his emotions when writing the novel. You can see a clip of the segment here:
Green acknowledges that he wept over the novel when writing in Starbucks. He had an emotional tie to the characters that developed because of his personal experience with Esther Earl, a cancer patient. The book is dedicated to her memory.
I have never written in a coffee shop; I write in my home office. I do become emotionally attached to most of the characters I create. (I haven’t wept when writing yet, but I also haven’t created a character based on someone I know who died of cancer.) I sometimes hate it when bad things happen to my characters in the story, which is ironic because I am the one putting them in those situations. Yet the story goes where it will.
I would be interesting in learning about how other authors deal with this issue. Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.
(Disclaimer: I have no association with The Colbert Report or John Green.)
Categories: On Writing