- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: McFarland; New edition edition (May 14, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786420316
- ISBN-13: 978-0786420315
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creating Characters: A Writer's Reference to the Personality Traits That Bring Fictional People to Life New edition Edition
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About the Author
Howard Lauther of Cincinnati, Ohio, accumulated the notes and insights for this project over many years of writing.
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Top customer reviews
This book is not supposed to be read from front to back (unless you've only got a seed of a character in your mind), but rather used as a reference to patch up any holes you may have discovered in your characters. You'll find yourself jumping back and forth between the contents page and the particular section(s) you're having trouble with.
I bought my book used, so you may want to wait until the price goes down or you can find a used copy that's cheaper.
Definitely a reference book for character building. If you're looking for more "character development theory," try one of Dwight Swain's books.
Table of Contents
1. What are the character's internal traits (starts p3)
2. What are the character's external traits (p33)
3. What does the character want, not want or need? (p83)
4. What does the character like or dislike? (p97)
5. What does the character fear? (p104)
6. What does the character believe? ((p116)
7. What are the character's strengths, weaknesses and habits? (p124)
8. What is the character's background? (p127)
9. What is the character's self-assessment? (p134)
10. What is the character type? (p147)
11. Does the character have a nickname? (pp189)
12. What is the character's job? (p202)
13. Will the character face a nonhuman adversary? (p212)
14. What plot drivers will affect the character? (p222)
Index (p235 -p250)
In many ways this book is simply a reference work, containing as it does lists of things and short sentences and simple questions. It is designed to spark ideas for character within the reader, not necessarily to provide a this-is-how-you-do-it instruction manual.
Most recent customer reviews
Warning though. It does read like a college text book. But if you can get pass that.Read more