In an hour I'll be leaving for my bi-monthly writers' group. This time the passages I will read are a little bit different. When I write, I try to take on the mindset of the character so that what I'm having him say or do is appropriate for that person with his or her particular personality. If I can't get into that persona, it just reads like a writer telling a story.
For a while I don't plan to go back to that twisted killer mentality. I think I'll spend a little time extending a hand to a kid I know. She's stuck in a tough situation, and maybe a hand is all she'll need to climb out. And if not, maybe she'll remember someone tried.