Hi, I'm Ed Borowsky, author of The Great Mongolian Bowling League of the United States of America and two other novels. Here's a peek into my fiction-writing philosophy:
"By combining self with character, you bring another person into existence. The world will have another person in its midst, if only for a moment."
As human beings, we navigate through the different stages of our lives, walking a path that will take us to the crossroads. Once there, we must pause to contemplate until we decide which direction we'll take. We have no choice but to choose. Sometimes we find ourselves at the end of a journey, and sometimes we move forward toward the unknown. Whichever direction we take, we must live with the consequences.
My central characters move through unique periods in their lives. They all want something. But many times they don't know why they want it and don't understand what they're willing to do to get it. When you have a character in conflict with others, or himself or herself, they struggle, which leads to discovery. It is what the reader discovers along the way, hand in hand with the characters, that determines the worth of the story. The journey to discovery is an emotional roller coaster that you can't get off of... until the end of the ride.
"I believe a writer must love and respect his characters. Without this, to bring him or her into existence, is nearly impossible."
We cannot turn away from the fact that we are torn between the good and evil within ourselves, between reality and illusion, love and hate, freedom and enslavement, health and illness, and cowardice and courage. We're flawed and in our imperfections… we are beautiful.
Ongoing conflict is what makes up the human condition and it is the stuff from which great storytelling—with epic characters—is made. As long as a story carries hope and tells of the struggles that we face, life's drama will lead us to understand what this whole experience means.
Welcome to my world!