"Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep searching for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties."
That's terrific, isn't it? "Writing a novel is actually searching for victims." It calls up images of police dogs sniffing the woods, or firemen digging through rubble--not happy images, to be sure, but how many successful books are about happy people? While I certainly try to make things worse for my characters as my stories progress, I haven't ever quite thought of it this way before. Perhaps I need to keep this notion a little more front-and-center when I write.
What about you? Do you consider your characters as your victims? Please share.