You'll Love This Book If:
- You want to hone your fiction writing skills
- You're new to writing fiction or need help developing your characters
- You're looking for advice on choosing a point of view in a novel or short story
Are you looking for the ultimate guide to fiction writing? Do you need help creating characters and choosing a point of view for your story? Then Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters & Viewpoint is the perfect resource for you! As author Orson Scott Card says, "I give serious practical advice. No literary theories, no fancy art. I start from the premise that a story or novel is not a work of art, it’s the script of a work of art, the blueprint, if you will, which the reader will use to construct the real work of art in their own memory."
Inside you'll find 19 chapters on inventing, constructing, and performing characters. In Chapter One: What is a Character?, you'll discover what is a character and its motive, past, reputation, stereotypes, habits, tastes, and body. Within the rest of the inventing characters section, you'll learn what makes a good fictional character, where characters come from, and perhaps one of the most important details — how to name a character.
Within the next two parts of the book—inventing and performing characters—you'll find chapters on storytelling, the hierarchy of characters (from walk-ons to minor and major ones), and how to raise the emotional stakes through suffering, sacrifice, and sexual tension. Plus, discussions on first impressions, how we should feel about a character, choosing narrative voice and tone, and why people change, also known as transformations.
Follow this award-winning author's advice and discover proven writing techniques for creating characters and handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. Buy Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters & Viewpoint and develop a clear idea of the type of characters and narrative voice your story will embody!
In This Book You'll Learn:
- How to create your cast of characters and develop them along the way
- How to distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each appropriately
- How to choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling
A Word From The Author
"Effective characterization requires careful attention at every stage in the writing of fiction. You must invent your characters carefully to avoid cliche and to provide your story with rich human possibilities; as you construct the story, you must determine exactly how much and what type of characterization to use for each character. later, as you set out to write the story, you must make decisions about point of view—which character or characters will be the lens through which the reader sees the story. So I have divided this book into three parts:invention, construction, and performance." —Orson Scott Card
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