Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott CardVivid and memorable characters arent 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 youll make in creating fictional people so real that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families.
Youll learn how to:
draw the characters from a variety of sources, including a storys basic idea, real life–even a characters 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
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