Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint
Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made.
&break;&break;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.
&break;&break;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.
&break;&break;You'll learn how to:&break;draw the characters from a variety of sources, including a story's basic idea, real life–even a character's social circumstances&break;make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style"&break;develop characters readers will love–or love to hate&break;distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each one appropriately&break;choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling&break;decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions and attitudes
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - VincentDarlage - LibraryThing
I think this book is an excellent resource to have for an aspiring author. I'm keeping it on my writing desk for future reference. It was filled with a lot of useful tips and wonderful illustrations of the points Mr. Card makes. It's an actionable resource. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CharityBradford - LibraryThing
This was really helpful for me. I was able to take a new look at my characters and see where I needed to fill them out and also see that some of my characters really didn't need any more attention. This book will be helpful for creating and developing characters in any genre of writing. Read full review
WHAT IS A CHARACTER?
WHAT MAKES A GOOD FICTIONAL CHARACTER?
WHERE DO CHARACTERS COME FROM?
WHAT KIND OF STORY ARE YOU TELLING?
THE SERIOUS CHARACTER MAKE US BELIEVE
PRESENTATION VS REPRESENTATION
DRAMATIC VS NARRATIVE