Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Card, Orson Scott. Characters and viewpoint / Orson Scott Card, p. cm. Includes index. ISBN 0- Review of Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card, Femine Wiles by Donna Elizabeth Boetig and ou Can Write Greeting Cards by Karen Ann Moore. Award-winning auther Orson Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoints in Orson Scott Card writes imaginative and compelling novels that also.

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But they quickly lose interest unless this particular character is somehow out of the ordinary. More concise or b.

I’d better stop again to mark this and write notes in my WIP. Part 3 of the book is subtitled “Performing Characters. Elements of Fiction Writing. The author shows how to put original yet realistic people into fiction.

Sign In Register Help Cart. The author does have a pretty good explanation of omniscient point of view versus third person limited, and shows the benefits and downsides to both. You can look up any character these issues online if you want; I’m sure there are tons of blog posts about vharacters one of them.

It is an invaluable resource for any penmonkey. Card’s basic view of writing is that in telling stories, qnd are influencing people to expan I’d already heard much of the advice in this book, in part because Mary Robinette Kowal of the Writing Excuses podcast is a fan and refers to it often.

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Card’s basic view of writing is that in telling stories, we are influencing people to expand their understanding of charafters human condition; that by presenting fictional characters we can help our readers understand them more than they dcott ever understood a real person, and to understand themselves. Possibly the best part of the book is the third section on point of view.


Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! Sep 05, Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it it was ok Shelves: Our Day return guarantee still applies. These suggestions are grounded in the key thematic premises relating to the necessity for justification, the importance of the narrative’s relationship with the reader, and the value of craft. Didn’t find what you’re looking for? While fascinating, I think a lot of the points he makes in this section are very dependent on the audience, as I felt opposite about several of the examples he tried to make.

Have reasons and motives, hopes and fears, a past and dreams for the future. If for any reason your order is not available to ship, you will not be charged. 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 I was having trouble with my new book because it’s told from two main characters’ POVs in first person.

Makes my want to stop reading and start writing.

View a FREE sample. Ships with Tracking Number! May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Paperbackpages. Chapters 7, 8 and 9. It was fine, well-written, and useful, and you couldn’t have a book about characters without these issues, but I didn’t see a ton that was really new to me. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements.

Characters and Viewpoint chaaracters you just that, how to craft characters through their actions, reactions, motivation, etc, with good examples throughout. Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject.

Characters and Viewpoint

This is chharacters book I think anyone serious about writing a novel ought to read. Others are written by authors who use them as a hy of self-aggrandizement constantly quoting examples from their own work. What makes Biblio different? How to construct emotional tension and empathy, how to make characters believable, how or whether they change over time.

I borrowed this book from another writer at the writer’s meeting I attend, since I’m fascinated by the craft of writing. I’ve given this 2 stars because it could still be useful to the novice interested in pulp writing, and because Card does explain himself clearly.


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When you place your order through Biblio, the seller will ship it directly to you. Admittedly, some of the dated examples can’t be helped, given that over time, books do become outdated.

From inside the book. I read this book at a point where I’d already read orsob couple dozen books, a hundred Writers Digest magazines, and a zillion web pages on writing.

This has got to be one of the best books about writing. The Kindle edition has been scanned from a print copy, but competently, and there are only a few small errors such as a missing blank line after the sentence “This is what a line break looks like”. Not my cup of tea when it comes to writing advice. Biblio is a marketplace for book collectors comprised of thousands of independent, professional booksellers, located all over the world, who list their books for sale online so that customers like you can find them!

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The book is subtitled “How to invent, construct, and animate vivid, sccott characters and choose the best eyes through which to view the events of your short story or novel. His explanations about what tends to make characters sympathetic vs unsympathetic is insightful, though I disagreed with some of things mentioned characters who show their intellect coming viespoint as unsymphathetic.

He recently began a longterm position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.

Some are written by academics and you need to be one to understand them.

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