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Characters & Viewpoint: Proven Advice and Timeless Techniques for Creating Compelling Characters by an Award-winning Author
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Writers Digest Books
Publication date January 18, 2011
Pages 231
Binding Paperback
Edition Revised
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781599632124
ISBN-10 1599632128
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $14.99
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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 imagination.

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 characters from a variety of sources
  • 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 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



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780898793079
 
from Writers Digest Books (August 1, 1988)
9780898793079 | details & prices | 182 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $15.99
About: Describes the different kinds of functions characters fulfill in a story, discusses motive, stereotypes, models, minor characters, comedy, and transformation
Paperback
Book cover for 9780898799279 Book cover for 9781599632124
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Revised edition from Writers Digest Books (January 18, 2011); titled "Characters & Viewpoint: Proven Advice and Timeless Techniques for Creating Compelling Characters by an Award-winning Author"
9781599632124 | details & prices | 231 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $14.99
About: Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be madeThis book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs.
from Writers Digest Books (April 1, 1999)
9780898799279 | details & prices | 182 pages | 6.50 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $14.99
About: Describes the function of characters in a story, discusses motive, stereotypes, models, minor characters, comedy, and transformation

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