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Write Great Fiction - Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint [NOOK Book]

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Create Complex Characters

How do you create a main character readers won't forget? How do you write a book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a character's past into a story?

Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all of these questions and more! This ...

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Overview

Create Complex Characters

How do you create a main character readers won't forget? How do you write a book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a character's past into a story?

Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all of these questions and more! This accessible book is filled with interactive exercises and valuable advice that teaches you how to:

  • Choose and execute the best point of view for your story
  • Create three-dimensional and believable characters
  • Develop your characters' emotions
  • Create realistic love, fight, and death scenes
  • Use frustration to motivate your characters and drive your story
With dozens of excerpts from some of today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint provides you with the techniques you need to create characters and stories sure to linger in the hearts and minds of agents, editors, and readers long after they've finished your book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582976815
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 3/3/2005
  • Series: Write Great Fiction
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 187,888
  • File size: 907 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction : what do readers want? 1
Ch. 1 Types of characters - assembling your cast 5
Ch. 2 Introducing characters - first impressions count 19
Ch. 3 The genuine self - what is she really like? 35
Ch. 4 The motivationally complicated character - but I'm a mess inside! 51
Ch. 5 Showing change in your characters - if I knew then what I know now 67
Ch. 6 Protagonists in genre fiction - from lovers to starship captains 78
Ch. 7 The humorous character - all bets are off 93
Ch. 8 Talking about emotion - dialogue and thoughts 104
Ch. 9 Emotion suggested - using metaphor, symbol, and sensory details to convey feeling 119
Ch. 10 Special cases of emotion - loving, fighting, and dying 130
Ch. 11 Frustration - the most useful emotion in fiction 147
Ch. 12 Point of view - whose emotions are we sharing? 158
Ch. 13 First person - I saw it with my own eyes 173
Ch. 14 Third person - see Dick run 185
Ch. 15 Omniscient point of view - playing God 205
Ch. 16 Putting it all together - the fourth persona 213
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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    A good addition

    I have read most of the books in the Write Great Fiction series. This book is a good addition to it. I found this book helpful with character development and relatively entertaining. However, it is not the best in the series by far. To be honest, the book on Dialogue helped me just as much with my character development.

    At times it seemed like sections were only thrown in because there was no where else they fit. She seemed to have clicked in the middle of an existing page and started typing again merely to add length. Still, overall, it was fairly entertaining and helpful.

    If you are only having a bit of trouble here and there with your characters or if you are looking for insight into character development, I would recommend this book. But do not expect to read it and have an epiphany.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    You must check this out

    This book was well researched. Very easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    This book is a wonderful resource for those wanting to develop r

    This book is a wonderful resource for those wanting to develop rich characters full of complex, believable emotions. With numerous examples and handy summary guides and lists in every chapter, Kress has written an excellent resource for any writer's bookshelf.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    Great Help!

    I love all the books in this series, each of them are written very well by published authors who know the business. This book is easy to read right through or just flip to a specific section. Kress adds a bit of light humor and her examples are great too. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    WELL DONE!

    CHARACTERS, EMOTION & VIEWPOINT, by Nancy Kress, covers the three subjects listed in the title as well as any book I¿ve found. Well done, Nancy Kress!

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