- Series: Elements of Fiction Writing
- Hardcover: 182 pages
- Publisher: Writers Digest Books; 1st edition (August 15, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898793076
- ISBN-13: 978-0898793079
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Characters & Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing) 1st Edition
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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.
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.
You'll learn how to:
- draw the characters from a variety of sources, including a story's basic idea, real life-even a character's social circumstances
- make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style"
- develop characters readers will love-or love to hate
- distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each one appropriately
- choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling
- decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions and attitudes
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Top customer reviews
This did review characters and viewpoint, and my troubles with head hopping and viewpoint character were made plain. For me it was insightful and useful and I will have to do some serious rewriting of my ms.
I think any beginner or early writer would benefit from this.
I generally take my problems to the works of published authors, getting the examples of what works. This advice was better than that, going into the core of writing.
OSC, politics or not, is a very good writing teacher.