Synopses & Reviews
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 optionsthe 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 lifeeven 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 loveor 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
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.
Describes the function of characters in a story, discusses motive, stereotypes, models, minor characters, comedy, and transformation.