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Characters & Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing)

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Publisher Comments:

Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made.

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

Synopsis:

Describes the function of characters in a story, discusses motive, stereotypes, models, minor characters, comedy, and transformation.

Synopsis:

For more than 10 years, this successful series has helped writers improve their work — one element at a time. Featuring quality instruction from award-winning authors, each book focuses on a key facet of fiction writing, making it easy for writers to find the specific guidance they're looking for.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780898799279
Author:
Card, Orson Scott
Publisher:
Writers Digest Books
Location:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Creative writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Characters and characteristics in literature
Subject:
Point of view
Copyright:
Edition Description:
PAPERBACK
Series:
Elements of Fiction Writing
Series Volume:
98-9
Publication Date:
March 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
182
Dimensions:
8.97x5.95x.57 in. .65 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Describes the function of characters in a story, discusses motive, stereotypes, models, minor characters, comedy, and transformation.
"Synopsis" by , For more than 10 years, this successful series has helped writers improve their work — one element at a time. Featuring quality instruction from award-winning authors, each book focuses on a key facet of fiction writing, making it easy for writers to find the specific guidance they're looking for.
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