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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Writing those 'all-inclusive' characters

“I love the characters not knowing everything and the reader knowing more than them. There's more mischief in that and more room for seriousness, too. “ – Anne Enright

Born in Ireland on this date in 1962, Enright says she grew up enjoying writing but didn’t start writing in earnest until the age of 21 when her family gave her an electric typewriter for her birthday.  She started as a television writer, producing both adult and children’s programming while at the same time doing a series of short stories, published in 1991 as the award-winning collection The Portable Virgin.

Since then, her writing has won numerous awards including the Man Booker Prize for her 2007 novel The Gathering, which also won the Irish Novel of the Year Award in 2008.   Widely praised for her characterizations, particularly of women, she noted, “I think it's very important to write a demythologized woman character. My characters are flawed. They are no better than they should be.”
       Enright's works have regularly appeared The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and the Irish Times.   Once a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, she now reviews for The Guardian, is a frequent lecturer, and just completed a term as the inaugural Laureate of Irish Fiction.
Her advice to writers is to bring in all aspects of a character’s life.  “There's no such thing as a life that is not normal, or, there's no such thing as a life that is not abnormal,” she said.  “We all have amazing lives; we all have very dull lives.”

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