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Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
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Feb 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, books-on-writing, lds-authors

Great ideas that helped me a lot. He has tricks to make your characters memorable. Thanks for sharing your secrets!

The second time around I liked this book less. If you thought Orson was verbose in his novels, you should get a load of his nonfiction. He goes on and on about the tiniest "what-ifs" with example after example (of course from his own writing.) Don't get me wrong, this is a great book. He has some great help to give people on characterization. But it could've been half as long and done it's job just as well. Why do so many of these books have so much info on point of view? Is it really that difficult for starting writers? It seems pretty basic to me, yet every author wants to dwell on it ad naseum. Yes we get it. I and me is first person. Him and he is third. Move on to the important stuff.
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