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Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints (Write Great Fiction)

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Create Complex Characters

How do you create a main character readers won't forget? How do you write a book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a character's past into a story?

Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all of
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Paperback, First Edition, 232 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by Writer's Digest Books
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أثير النشمي
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David
Jul 21, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: writers, especially head-hopping melodramatic writers
Eventually, reading books about how to write is just another way to put off writing. I've said before that I think I've exhausted what I can gain from such books, not because I'm now the best writer I can be (I'm not, or at least I hope I'm not) but because you have to learn by doing, not by reading about it.

That said, I begin to distinguish between writing advice books aimed at "beginning," "intermediate," and "advanced" writers. Though the latter is hypothetical - an "advanced" writer would pr
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Ebrahim Abdulla
May 01, 2016 Ebrahim Abdulla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
ترى نانسي كريس بأن أهم عنصر في الرواية هو الشخصية (ترجمة العنوان الأصلي هي: شخصيات ومشاعر ووجهة النظر)، هو العنصر الأهم الذي تدور حوله الحكاية؛ لذا فهي تبني ملاحظاتها وكتابها هذا حول الشخصية: كيف نكونها؟ ماضيها؟ وبعض المفاهيم المهمة للشخصية (مثل ضمير شخصية وجهة النظر: ضمير متكلم أو غائب أو راوي عليم إلخ). كتاب ممتاز. وامتيازه في أسلوبه المباشر والعملي. لغته واضحة وسهلة، ومدعّم بالأمثلة والتمارين. رغم أن هناك بعض التوجهات الحديثة تتجاهل دور الشخصية تمامًا، وتحاول التأليف الروائي بدونها (أو على ال ...more
محمد
Jan 15, 2014 محمد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب مفيد فقط لمن لديه موهبة الكتابة، وبه عدة ميزات منها أنه يوضح أكثر من طريقة للكتابة وعرض وجهات نظر الكاتب على لسان الشخصيات أو من خلال أفكارهم، وبه تمارين مفيدة جدا للمساعدة فى تنمية مهارات المؤلفين.
الكتاب يجب أن يتم قراءته أكثر من مرة ويجب أن يتم تنفيذ تمارينه لتتحق الفائدة منه
حد من الاستفادة من الكتاب بشكل أكبر أن كل الأمثلة التى تم الاستناد إليها تتعلق براويات غريبة لم أقرأ عدد منها سواء بلغتها الأصلية أو مترجمة إلى العربية مما فوت بعض الأمور على فهمى
لكن تبقى ملاحظة أخيرة بخصوص الترجمة:
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سلمى الجابري
كتاب مفيد , لكل من يرغب بكتابة رواية , فهنالك بعض الاساسيات التي يجب على أي كاتب
أن يهتم بها عندما يشرع لروايتهِ بالنضج الكتابيّ من حيث الحبكة و الشخوص و النهايات
وكل الاحداث التي تجوب حيوات اللغة
كتاب جيد لكنه مبالغ في بعض الجوانب الفصلية
Basma shalaby
Mar 15, 2016 Basma shalaby rated it it was amazing
هذا الكتاب رائع جدا ومفيد جدا لمبتدئ الكتابة
هو كتاب مهم لكل من يملك موهبة الكتابة ولا يعرف كيف يصقلها وكيف يضع قلمه على أول طريق الكتابة الروائية
الكتاب يساعدك لتجد ملكة الإبداع لديك وتصقلها بعناية لتخرج عملا أدبيا مثمرا من خلال التحدث عن أهم عناصر الرواية من وجهة نظر نانسي كريس
الأساسيات:
"الشخصيات والمشاعر ووجهات النظر"
الكتاب مقسم لعدة أبواب تساعدك على فهم شخوصك كيف تبنيها وكيف تجعلها حية من لحم ودم تتنفس على الورق وكذلك كيف ترتب أفكارك وتنظمها كيف تخلق العاطفة وكيف تكتب الحوار، كيف تستخدم الضمائ
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أحمد الغزي
قبل قراءتي لهذا الكتاب كنت متشككاً بشأن الفائدة التي ممكن أن يضيفها لي ، والواقع أني لطالما شككت بالفائدة من كل الورش التدريبية المقروءة ، والتعلم الذاتي ، لكن أحمد الله أن خاب ظني هذه المرة ، فهذا الكتاب ثروة بمعنى الكلمة ، وهو خطوة واسعة للأمام إن تمت الاستفادة منه كما ينبغي . وعلى الرغم من أني أصنف نفسي كقارئ جيد لكني فوجئت بأمور لم اكن أعرفها من قبل . وأمور كنت أعرفها لكن لم أتلمسها بالشكل الكافي ، ,وأمور ترسخت في داخلي أكثر وأكثر .. وبت متشوقاً لقراءة أي رواية تقع بين يدي لأطبق عليها ما عرف ...more
ياسمين خليفة
إذا كنت تحب الكتابة وتريد كتابة رواية ولا تعرف كيف فأنصحك بقراءة كتاب تقنيات كتابة الرواية
تشرح مؤلفة الكتاب نانسي كريس كل شيء عن كتابة الرواية
ابتداء من بناء الشخصيات حتى أساليب السرد وبناء الحبكة وأنواع الروايات
معظم المعلومات الواردة في الكتاب ليست جديدة علي لأنني قرأت كتب عديدة عن فن كتابة الرواية ولكني استفدت من الكتاب لأنه أكد على معلوماتي
كتابة الرواية ليست أمرا سهلا يمكن تعلمه بقراءة كتاب ففي النهاية الأمر يعتمد على موهبة الكاتب وحدس الكاتب وقدرته على رسم شخصيات مثيرة للاهتمام وكتابة أحد
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محمد السالم
.. كتاب بمثابة منصة تعليمية متعددة الأفكار والطروحات. استمتعت كثيرا بقراءته وأثراني بتمارينه و أفكاره التي تسلط الضوء على جوانب الكتابة المختلفة والتي بإمكانها تحسين حبكتك الدرامية وتطوير زوايا تفكيرك لتخرج بعمل أدبي مرموق. نانسي كريس، روائية أمريكية لها رواية في الخيال العلمي، و ثلاثة روايات في الفنتازيا، وثلاثة كتب في فن الكتابة، وهذا أحدهم. أشهر رواياتها هي "متسولون في أسبانيا". أنصح كل من يريد تطوير مهاراته الروائية بقراءة هذا الكتاب. ...more
Colin Smith
Jan 10, 2013 Colin Smith rated it really liked it
As the title says, this is a craft book for writers giving helpful guidance on creating believable characters, using emotion effectively and in a way that helps build character and add to the story, and choosing the correct point of view for your story. Nancy Kress is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction.

The more craft books I read, the less often I find anything really new to offer in terms of tips and advice. Usually it's the same information in different dress. Sometimes I find
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Mary Catelli
Aug 18, 2015 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-to-write
A how-to-write book. Covering exactly the topics described in the title.

Goes into all sort of aspects, Like complicated motives, character change, the different types of POV (first, third, omniscient, epistolary), humorous characters and how they differ from the usual rules, what you need to know about the character's background in order to write, the complications that you have view the character as the reader will, the importance of putting attitude into the description, and more.
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في الواقع لم أقرأ عملا نقديا يتعاطى مع اساليب السرد ، و فنياته ..
و أجدني جاهلة تماماً في مجال النقد الأدبي .. .
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و لكنني استمتعت كثيراً بقراءة هذا الكتاب ..الذي سلط الضوء على مناطق كثيرة كنت في غفلة عنها ، اضافة الى كونه منحني معايير مختلفة في تقييم أي عمل روائي أقرأه ..
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جدير بالذكر ان هذا الكتاب ليس على شاكلة تلك الكتب التي تقدم لك مفاتيحا او حلولا سحرية اذا ما كنت تعتزم الكتابة ..
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فهو يرسم الخارطة و ما عليك سوى التحفز .. اذا كنت تمتلك الخيال و الموهبة الكتابية .
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Joy Pixley
Mar 13, 2016 Joy Pixley rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be very useful at helping me work through some issues with the characters in my novel. The relatively narrow focus means Kress can delve deeply into each of the issues she covers. The first seven chapters are about deciding and showing who your characters are, including how their outer presentation might not match their inner thoughts, and how they might (or might not) change over the course of the book. I appreciated the level of detail here. I thought I had a pretty good h ...more
Don Incognito
Feb 16, 2013 Don Incognito rated it really liked it
This is a helpful book on creating character and one of the more helpful writing books I've read overall. As a writer, for some regrettable reason I have a hard time absorbing the lessons in writing books; this one actually reaches me somewhat. Excellent exercises. Writers should read it unless they've already read many books on character.
Fahad Alhendal
كتاب تعليمي لكن ﻻ يعول عليه دون موهبة وذهنية الكتابة المطلوبتين
Elizabeth
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints (Write Great Fiction)
by Nancy Kress


This book is very similar to the author’s Dynamic Characters: How to Create Personalities That Keep Readers Captivated - some of the text is word for word.

This books covers more topics and has writing exercises at the end of each chapter. The book is written with very specific and helpful advice about the craft of writing and contains many exam
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Justin
Sep 01, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
I found this book to be about as helpful as Orson Scott Card's Characters and Viewpoint, but more in depth. If you aren't a beginner, some of it is a refresher, but there are things I hadn't learned about before. In 16 chapters and three sections, Kress covers types of characters, introducing characters, characters' genuine selves, character motivation, character change, protagonists in genre fiction, and humorous characters. As for emotion, she talks about dialogue and thoughts, emotions throug ...more
Lisa M
Mar 08, 2012 Lisa M rated it it was amazing
4.5*s This book is a bit weak on developing characters (see below), but strong on what to do with your characters once you develop them. Topics such as motivation, emotion, dialogue, point of view, etc. are covered.

If you're looking for examples of characters, try The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines or 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters. There are a number of other similar books, but those are two that I'm familiar with.
أحمد عبد الجيد
كتاب قيم جدا ... ثرى جدا ... قاسى جدا ...
قيمته بخمس نجوم لأنى لا أقدر على كتابة مثله ... رغم أنى أفهم معظم ما جاء فيه إلا أن طريقة إخراجه عبقرية ...
الكتاب ملئ بالمعلومات الهامة والمفيدة لأقصى حد ممكن ... وإن كان يحتاج إلى شخص ماهر بالكتابة والقراءة كى يعى ما جاء فيه ...
الصراحة الكتاب (قلب دماغى) ... بس كده ... محتاج أوزن كلام كتير جدا جدا بسببه ...
لى معه عودة ... لقراءة متأنية أكثر ... للمرة الثالثة ...
Anthony Vicino
Dec 18, 2015 Anthony Vicino rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read on viewpoint. Character and emotion stuff was also very good.
Jon Stephens
Apr 09, 2016 Jon Stephens rated it liked it
In Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint, author Nancy Kress fulfills the promise of the title and takes us through these three areas of story development. For the character side, she provides a lot of good ideas and details on fleshing out backstory (even if you never directly use it). Likewise, she touches on several categories and how much they should be focused on, such as appearance and dialect.

Her book shines on the emotion side, covering both the basics of emotion and techniques for showing
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إسلام عماد
كتاب رائع لمن جربوا الكتابة و يريدون الاستزادة و التعمق فى الدراسة...قد يكون مفيداً لمبتدئ يسطر اولى كلمات روايته الاولى, لكن فى رأيى ان مجمل الاستفادة ستكون لمن ذاق طعم الكتابة لمرة سابقة :) تصحيح شامل لقواعد السرد و بناء الشخصيات و الاحداث سيبعدك عن اى اخطاء سابقة قمت بها اثناء تجربتك الاولى...دعم الكتاب بمواقف مقتبسة من روايات اجنبية شهيرة تؤكد وجهات نظر الكاتبة...تمارين جانبية للكتابة...بالفعل كتاب رائع !
Debbie Johansson
Jun 29, 2012 Debbie Johansson rated it really liked it
I found this a very helpful book on characters, setting and explaining the differences with points of view. I wish I had read this book earlier as I could have saved myself a lot of hassle with re-writes. Now that I've read it, I will be working through the exercises within the book to improve my own writing. Highly recommended.
C.A. Hawksmoor
Aug 11, 2015 C.A. Hawksmoor rated it it was amazing
This was recommended to me by an editor whose opinion I respect, and am I ever glad I read it! This book is absolutely bursting with almost everything you could possibly need to know to craft really great characters. I don't know how accessible it would be to a writer that's just starting out, but it'll be invaluable to people who already have the basics kinda-mostly sorted.

It covers everything from creating a distinctive character voice, creating complex characters who act one way but feel anot
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Natasha
Jan 12, 2015 Natasha rated it really liked it
Even though some of the things in here were already known to me this was still a big help. Love the exercises!
Jonathan Peto
Jan 03, 2012 Jonathan Peto rated it it was amazing
This book got me thinking about my writing even when the focus was old hat. What more could I ask for?
Beverly McCall
Apr 05, 2016 Beverly McCall rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Nancy Kress. She did a superb job outlining the process behind building characters. Likewise, she detailed the importance of the backstory and provided suggestions as to how to ensure that it does not take over the plot line. I never considered the importance of backstory to character development. Kress reveals how your character's motivation grows out of the backstory. It became evident how this literary strategy builds and conveys your character's personality. ...more
Suzie Quint
Oct 18, 2014 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it
Nancy Kress is one of my favorite authors who writes about writing because she has a way of explaining things that is simple and clear. This book starts with basics that are appropriate for beginning writers and advances to an intermediate level.

The focus of the book is there in the title: Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint. The book deals with them in that order but there’s also overlap because these issues are so closely related.

The full review is at http://suziequint.blogspot.com/2013/0...
Jesse Zellmer
May 29, 2015 Jesse Zellmer rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-craft
If you have writer's block you need to reestablish yourself as a reader before you can go back to being a writer. I've seen other reviews on goodreads saying that books like this can be a waste of time but I disagree. Granted this book takes until the last chapter to say why but honestly the process of getting there is worth it. Whenever I write, characters are my cornerstone so I started with this book (I know there are like 4 more in the series) and honestly this is top notch, cheaper than you ...more
Allison
Apr 25, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
This book is part of the "Write Great Fiction" series, where a whole volume tackles a certain issue in writing. This book starts by identifying character types and strengthening them so they seem like real people. Some of the best advice I gleaned from this section was that you have to put everything about the character on the page, without overstating or making it read like pure description. The hardest thing for me in writing is realizing that no one knows what I know. I wrote a short story on ...more
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Nancy Kress is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella Beggars in Spain which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clario ...more
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