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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Making characters extraordinary

“A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.”  – Roald Dahl

Dahl, a World War II hero for his great skill as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, simultaneously rose to writing prominence during the war with works for both children and adults, ultimately becoming one of the world's best-selling authors.   His first books, written for adults, were about his wartime adventures, but he made his first splash into the children’s lit. world with his tale Gremlins, also starting his terrific career writing for kids.

Born on this date, Dahl has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century,” earning the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983, and Children's Author of the Year from the British Book Awards in 1990.  In 2008 The London Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945."

Dahl's adult stories, like Tales of the Unexpected, were also adapted into movies and a television series.  But his works for children are among the world’s most beloved, especially James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda.  The “Charlie” book grew out of a childhood fantasy that he might someday work for the famed Cadbury chocolate company in his native Britain.

Roald Dahl
“When you're writing a book, with people in it as opposed to animals, it is no good having people who are ordinary, because they are not going to interest your readers at all,” Dahl said about his writing style.  “Every writer in the world has to use the characters that have something interesting about them.”   Taking writers’ moments and creating a lifetime legacy.

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