The Saturday Writing Quote

“Your character is always right. No real person thinks they’re being stupid or misguided or bigoted or evil or just plain wrong – so your characters can’t, either. If you’re writing a scene for a character with whom you disagree in every way, you still need to show how that character is absolutely justified in his or her own mind, or the scene will come across as being about the author’s view rather than about the character’s. You can’t make the judgment that your character is wrong; let the readers do that for themselves.”

– Tana French, in Publisher’s Weekly, July 20, 2102