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Characters & Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing)
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Card grabbed my attention as I scanned the table of contents. I immediately followed this by perusing the bold headings within the chapters. After reading the book I find it an important resource in my collection of books for the writer.
The book is divided into three parts. Card begins with pointers on inventing characters, where they come from, potential audience, and choosing names.
He moves on to help the reader/writer construct characters, including the protagonist, supporting, and minor characters. I particularly needed help in the area of voice, presentation, and person. Card included illustrations from well-known authors to reinforce the writing principles presented throughout the book.
"The Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters and Viewpoint" is an important tool for new writers. The book is filled with definitive techniques for creating vibrant memorable characters.
I know it's very difficult to write about how you go about creating a character, and Scott Card certainly gave interesting info as to how to start doing it, although there is certainly a lot more about creating characters than he covers. But the point of view is a subject that offers a lot more food for thoughts than you'd say from this book. I know because I read books that opened my eyes on the possibilities and nuances of point of view far more than this book did.
If you are starting off in writing, this is probably the right book for you, it covers all the basics. But if you're looking for something more in-depth... keep searching.
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This book was ok. Not really sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. It wasn't a bad book. just not what I was looking for in a teaching book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AMK Reviews
I'd already heard much of the advice in this book, in part because Mary Robinette Kowal of the Writing Excuses podcast is a fan and refers to it often. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike Reeves-McMillan
I just finished reading this book and as a writer, there were so many good things about it. Orson Scott Card gives a lot of helpful advice about characterization. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Emily H.
I don’t want to finish this book. Well I do, but the author just opened up my world. He’s given me such incredible tools, I just want to get back to my writing and use them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daniel
This book changed the way I looked at my writing. As an independent author, I found this book to be one of the top five books about writing that I've ever read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jon Dudycha
Firstly I'm an Orson Scott Card fan. His stories made me want to write characters of my own that other people could relate to, believe in, and care for. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Just Me
I've read many books on proper book writing techniques and have managed to glean something from each one. This book, however, gave me more understandable information than others. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barbara A Martin