Before I begin, I think it's worth mentioning that I don't know the answer to this question. Actually, I'm not completely convinced I even know what the question really means, but it's certainly something worth thinking about.
It would be easy to swap Beowulf for Hercules (or vice versa) without really changing the integral themes of their source material; however, you'd be hard-pressed to switch Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games to Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower without causing irreparable damage to the story itself. Because of this, most modern authors and readers place a great deal of emphasis on characters who are unique, relatable, and essential to the stories they inhabit.
For many writers, autumn is the perfect time of year to curl up with a cup of hot cider and begin a new project. Whether it's the chilly nights, the smell of leaves, or ghost stories around the campfire, there's something about the season that just leaks creativity. Of course, once you're a few chapters… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Procrastination: October Edition