Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters and Viewpoint: Proven advice and timeless techniques for creating compelling characters by an award-winning Author

Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters and Viewpoint: Proven advice and timeless techniques for creating compelling characters by an award-winning Author

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by Orson Scott Card
     
 

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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898799279
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Elements of Fiction Writing Series
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.57(d)

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When this book came out, it was one of the few to go beyond the basics and to do it in a clear, useable way. Today, a number of books have gone beyond this book on the problem of characterization, so the book is dated. And since the book is very brief, it is not as in-depth as the title makes it appear. The discussion of point of view follows the all-too-familiar pattern of listing the possibilities and discussing each one. First person and third person are the two main categories, with omniscient, limited omniscient, and shifting as subheads. Only a few words about the advantages of each and these are the same found in most introductory books on fiction writing. You want to use the most effective point of view, so you¿ll need to get another book to tell you which those are and to show you why. Still, if you¿ve read only an introductory book on fiction writing, this might be a good next step.