Write Great Fiction - Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint

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Writer's Digest Books, Mar 3, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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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 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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User Review  - MarieAlt - LibraryThing

Decent wrap of of the more technical aspects of writing: 'what it says on the tin' pretty much. Some good exercises at the end of the chapters (really, the only reason I go for "how to write" books. Read full review

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User Review  - kinsey_m - LibraryThing

Great handbook for anyone who loves to write. I've read many how-to-write books and many of them seems quite basic, repeating the same concepts from different perspectives, but I found this one to ... Read full review


What Do Readers Want?
Types Of Characters Assembling Your Cast
Introducing Characters First Impressions Count
The Genuine Self What Is She Really Like?
The Motivationally Complicated Character But Im
Showing Change In Your Characters If I Knew
Protagonists In Genre Fiction From Lovers To Starship Captains
The Humorous Character All Bets Are
Talking About Emotion Dialogue and Thoughts
Emotion Suggested Using Metaphor Symbol And Sensory Details To Convey Feeling
Special Cases Of Emotion Loving Fighting and Dying
Frustration The Most Useful Emotion In Fiction
Point Of View Whose Emotions Are We Sharing?
First Person I Saw It With My Own Eyes

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About the author (2005)

Nancy Kress is an author who won Best Novella at the Nebula Awards 2014 for her title Yesterday's Kin.

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