Shades of Milk and Honey II

You might recall I recently wrote about Mary Robinette Kowal’s book “Shades of Milk and Honey” and how she was doing a Month of Letters wherein she would respond to people to wrote her character Jane. http://lovelyrita-mm.com/2012/03/shades-of-milk-and-honey/

I loved the letter I got back and the author invited me to reply to Jane, when I expressed an interest in doing so – so I did ! And I got this letter back in reply with a fabulous costume sketch!

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She actually blogged about her letter to me her:
http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/journal/letters-from-jane/

She writes, “For these letters, I was having Jane write “in real time” which means that the day of the month is the same, but she’s in 1815. That means she’s smack in the middle of events in Glamour in Glass

What I found fascinating about the exercise was the process of thinking about Jane’s life outside the confines of plot. For instance, Jane wrote this letter on February 20th. I have plot events on February 6th and February 28th.

What does she do in between?

I often talk about how important it is to give your characters a life outside the plot. The exercise of writing letters for Jane really drives that home. I might start doing this for other characters.”

This is really neat from a writing perspective.

Glamour in Glass, the sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey will be out soon – please check them out, they’re great!

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