Characters & Viewpoint
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 charac...more
The first part covers topics that are really for the novice writer, someone who never wrote fiction and one day decided he/she wanted to... It explains how characters can come from people you kn ...more
Overall I f ...more
The remaining three-quarters of the book was amazing. Having anchored on the first four chapters, I kept finding myself thinkin ...more
Other articles I've read about characterization inevitably instructs you to create a complete profile about your character, sometimes giving you a form to fill out, with prompts like favorite color and such things, but they don't really show you how to make these details alive in your story.
Characters and Viewpoint shows you just that, how ...more
By: Orson Scott Card
Writer’s Digest Books
Tools for Creating Vibrant Memorable Characters
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.
The book is divided into three parts. Card begins with pointers on inventing characters, where they come from, potenti ...more
Unfortunately, the book is not crammed with such tips on every page. A lot of time is spent rehashing the same point over and over from several perspectives until your eyes start to glaze. It is possible that this would be helpful for a complete novice, but for someone who has already got a lot of this writing stuff figured out, it just comes across as a lot of fluff and filler. I will keep the book as a ...more
The Cover: I’m sorry to say that while this is a suitable non-fiction cover with a clear title, I find it rather boring. To me it looks like one of those school books you are required to purchase for the curriculum, only to find you never need refer to it. If not for the title I doubt I’d have picked this one up at all.
The Good Stuff: T ...more
Some are written by academics and you need to be one to understand them. Others are written by authors who use them as a means of self-aggrandizement constantly quoting examples from their own work. These may not necessarily be good examples of what they're trying to demonstrate, but they're not about to let an opportunity to promote their work slip by.
In Characters and Viewpoint, Card uses straight forward prose ...more
This book had some good ideas on characterization but overall it complicated topics far more than I'd prefer and I found myself skimming as a result.
It wasn't a waste of time but there are books that covers the same ground while also being A. More concise or b. Having more thought provoking content.
There are better books on fiction writing and for it's topics characters and viewpoints it didn't do much in the realm of expert ideas for me.
Card's basic view of writing is that in telling stories, we are influencing people to expan ...more
I was wrong. It is an invaluable resource for any penmonkey. I know of many authors who have a talent for using just the right technique to depict vivid, dynamic and interesting characters with smooth and consistent use of proper perspective / voice.
I'm not one of them and str ...more
I never thought that characters are the most important thing in a story, even if the storyline is not that strong ...more
(This is the second time I've read it - and I just finished reading it aloud to my teen sons who love to write fiction.)
Covers topics like sources for characters, how to develop the original notion, the differences between serious and comic characterization, how to engage sympathy, the differences between bit and minor and major characters, where you exactly want to stereotype your character (when he's actually so bit that he's scenery), attitude, points of view, and more.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th ...more