Characters and Viewpoint

Characters and Viewpoint

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Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made.

This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your memory, your imagination and your soul.

Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options-the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families.

You'll learn how to:

draw the characters from a variety of sources, including a story's basic idea, real life-even a character's social circumstances make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style" develop characters readers will love-or love to hate distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each one appropriately choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions and attitudes
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, 1999.
Edition: 1st paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780898799279
0898799279
Characteristics: 182 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Card, Janice
Alternative Title: Characters & viewpoint.

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Jun 29, 2017

Goods insights into two important aspects of writing fiction.

There's nothing new in books about writing fiction, only on how they're presented. Some are written by academics and you need to be one to understand them. Others are written by authors who use them as a means of self-aggrandizement constantly quoting examples from their own work. These may not necessarily be good examples of what they're trying to demonstrate, but they're not about to let an opportunity to promote their work slip by.

In Characters and Viewpoint, Card uses straight forward prose and not a lot of examples from his own work and gives good insight into these two important aspects of writing fiction.

This is a solid book about what is stated in the title.

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