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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 2 edition (Jan. 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599632128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599632124
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
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I've loved Orson Scott Card's novels for years, and now, as a newbie writer myself, I can see why. In Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint, it's become crystal clear just how and why his novels are so compelling. By making his stories character-driven, and his characters unique, the plots unfold in a logical, credible sequence, even in unworldly and unfamiliar settings, because that's how these specific characters would act and react. I'm thrilled to learn how to create such characters for my own work. Thank you, Mr. Card.
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One of the few books on writing that i was able to read cover to cover without it feeling like a chore!
Very well written with a lot of insights into human behavior.
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this book is fantastic. very well-written. very helpful. definitely worth the money. totally recommend it to writers. It's really good.
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HASH(0x98694eb8) out of 5 stars Tools for Creating Vibrant Memorable Characters Jan. 7 2012
By Richard R. Blake - Published on Amazon.com
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In "Characters and Viewpoints" Orson Scott Card provides the writer with the tools for constructing colorful credible characters.

Card grabbed my attention as I scanned the table of contents. I immediately followed this by perusing the bold headings within the chapters. After reading the book I find it an important resource in my collection of books for the writer.

The book is divided into three parts. Card begins with pointers on inventing characters, where they come from, potential audience, and choosing names.
He moves on to help the reader/writer construct characters, including the protagonist, supporting, and minor characters. I particularly needed help in the area of voice, presentation, and person. Card included illustrations from well-known authors to reinforce the writing principles presented throughout the book.

"The Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters and Viewpoint" is an important tool for new writers. The book is filled with definitive techniques for creating vibrant memorable characters.
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HASH(0x98695564) out of 5 stars Love this book! Helps make intriguing multi-dimensional characters... Dec 23 2011
By Eleanor Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has been great fun to use. First I just like the way Orson Scott Card writes. He gives very good advice on where to come up with unique characters. This is part of the fun of fiction--we have the unique opportunity to fabricate an individual that is a mish-mash of our life experience, our imagination and other influences. Mr. Card teaches how to do this and yet still have someone believable that the reader wants to invest their time with on their journey. He also helps us to determine how well developed the character should be -- are they the crux of the story or just a walk-on that adds to the tension or inserts a bit of humor? How to use characters to raise the "emotional stakes"? Mr. Card has suggestions for this as well. Finally Mr. Card gives us some solid suggestions on which voice to use and why that will influence the quality of our story. I like this book, its positive, and writing still feels fun.
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HASH(0x991139d8) out of 5 stars Very objective and rich Jan. 12 2011
By Alie Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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A few weeks ago I discovered in Speaker for the Dead how distinct and memorable are Orson Scott characters. So, I decided to buy this book for learning the craft. And I'm very pleased. The author goes straight to the point with all the things a writer should consider for creating memorable characters, and how to do it.
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HASH(0x98394fe4) out of 5 stars So, that's what I've been trying to do! Dec 12 2012
By Jaimie Engle - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, Card presents new ideas and explanations for the craft of creating true-to-life characters and choosing viewpoints in which to tell your stories. I bought it after reading it at the library, knowing it is one of those reference materials that I will keep coming back to.
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HASH(0x98485e04) out of 5 stars Inspiring March 5 2012
By R. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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I have purchased 3 books dealing with similar topics. This is the first I was able to read all the way through. A testament to Mr. Cards prowess as a writer. The examples in the book are not disguised advertisements for the authors works. There are a wide range of examples given, all spot on to illustrate the current topic. My only complaint is that some of the novels mentioned as examples of a certain type of viewpoit are now out of print or at least in very limited supply (to expensive for me to buy as research). I will be going back through this work in a few months with a more practiced eye, hoping to gain a deeper understanding of Character and Viewpoint.


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