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Characters Make Your Story Paperback – June 1, 1987
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The book was published first way back in 1942, so there is a definant past feel to it. As in, it's not written the way these types of books are in the present. Not sure if I'm even saying it right. Just got this tone to it that sometimes can be hard to follow.
Overall: Really glad I bought it. It's really got me paying attention to other author's stories and the way they portray there characters. Has helped me with my own tremoundously.
If you don't own it, BUY it. It's worth it even if it is outdated a bit. Better then reading 100 books written in the present on the same subject. Trust me, I've read many of these.
if you were only allowed one How-To book on creative writing,
this would be it. I have a collection that would fill the
average-sized bathroom. I found that the report was correct.
It's not a recent book, written in 1942, but it's as up-to-date
as anyone would like since these rules don't change. All one
really needs is a good book on plot-driven stories and this one
on character creation. Get this one first, since character stories
are better literature than action stories.
If you are truly interested in learning about Character development, Characters Make Your Story is an excellent place to begin. This older title steps you through the what, how and why of character development and is the best book I've read on the topic (and I've read quite a few).