- Series: Writing Lessons from the Front (Book 2)
- Paperback: 43 pages
- Publisher: Hunthaven Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 061584118X
- ISBN-13: 978-0615841182
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creating Extraordinary Characters: a simple, practical approach to creating unforgettable characters (Writing Lessons from the Front) (Volume 2) 1st Edition
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New York Times best-selling author Angela Hunt is the author of more than 120 published works ranging from picture books to adult novels. You can read more about her work at www.angelahuntbooks.com.
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I absolutely love books, movies and TV shows where the characters are well-drawn and where the interaction of the characters creates an extra layer to the plot. But I was afraid I wouldn't be able to create characters that wouldn't seem very MarySue-ish, not because they were me, but because they wouldn't have believable flaws or other nuances. I think this book has helped a great deal. I am not a published writer yet (not of fiction, anyway) so you just have to take my word that this is a great method to use to create characters.
Thank you, Angela Hunt! I hope many more such volumes are in the pipeline.
So it is with this book, and all in the series. They have something to offer. A plan. A road map. The first step in 85000 words and a The End.
You won't walk away with a college education in creative writing. But that isn't what is promised. These books are to get you to think about the road map to writing the novel. The first few steps. Or, being shoved out of the airplane as you white knuckle the rip cord and scream Geronimo.
Is it the end all, be all? Nope.
But it may be just the right kick in the pants. And a little reference material in the event you need to look something up.
This one was excellent. I've never read any books specifically on characterisation, so this was a good foundation. It emphasises the need for conflict in fiction, for characters who aren't ordinary, and shows the difference between the protagonist, antagonist and villain. Hunt uses examples from well known books, movies and TV shows to illustrate and emphasise her points.
People who have read books on the subject might find it a bit lightweight, as it is very short, and can be read in an hour or less. However, those who are new to the subject will find it very useful.