|Caught up in the moment|
In my classes, my students often ask me questions after we have finished a book. So many times they are questions I cannot answer because the characters aren't real, and I cannot call them up and check on their progress. But often my students see them as real, that there is more yet to come. Every writer should aspire to the kinds of questions my students ask.
- Did he go back and find her?
- Why did she leave him if she knew he needed her to stay awhile longer?
- Will they every see each other again?
- Did she have an unhappy childhood?
- What did her family think about what she did?
Readers find understanding, lessons and experience in the books they read. This is why writers find tragedy a good thing. It makes our characters live in reality in a way that brings our readers insight and emotional release while they are "safe" from reality at the same time.