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... show more
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 optionsthe 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 lifeeven 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 loveor 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
Publish date: March 15th 1999
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Pages no: 182
Edition language: English
An editor once told me that if you're going to take advice on writing, take it either from name-bestselling writers or gatekeepers such as acquiring editors or agents--not necessarily anyone who writes for Writer's Digest. Well, I've ordinarily liked the Elements of Fiction Writing series Writer's D...
I thought this book on writing was very good, although I tend to like Card's later, more informal discussions better. Seeing how I've read almost all of his work, it's interesting to see what he has to say about it, too. :)
I have not read other books that focused on this topic, so I was disappointed. I thought I'd take away more gems. I took away a few but can only recommend this book to writers who have already read the classics and who are interested in reading all the writing books they can get their hands on.I ori...