If writing is my religion, then Steven King is the high priest, and his volumes my Bible. One thing that I admire about his writing is the deep sense of reality he conveys in his characters and settings. While reading King, I notice that he spends as much or more time describing the internal landscape of the characters as the external landscape of the story. He creates a vivid thought-world and tells the story in terms of the character's perceptions, interjecting a fair amount of commentary on behalf of the character regarding the events, locations, and other characters in the story. I have tried very hard to emulate this--to focus on the thought life of my characters and cultivate it as a lens through which the reader will experience the story I am trying to communicate. In this way, I hope to achieve some of the realism displayed in King's characters. I am happy to report it is working, as much as I can tell. I feel that my current WIP is much more or an experience viewed through the characters than my previous work, which at times, felt somewhat like a pedestrian catalog of events. The frustrating thing is that actually articulating this property of writing is very difficult. I can feel the concept in my mind and see the result when I actually get it right, but a concrete description to render the technique reproducible is elusive. Part of the purpose of this post is for me to get my thoughts out there in hopes that I can better understand what I am trying to accomplish and how to achieve it.