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Characters & Viewpoint

Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made. 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 memory, your imagination, and your soul.

Award-winning auther Orson Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoints in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options-the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like memebers of their own familes.

You'll learn how to....

  • draw characters from a variety of sources, including a story's basic idea, real life-even a character's social circumstances.
  • make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style."
  • develop characters readers will love-or love to hate.
  • distinguish among major characters, minor characters, and walk-ons, and develop each appropriately.
  • choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling.
  • decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions and attitudes.

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Meet the Author: Orson Scott Card

With a raft of science fiction awards and a dedicated following, Orson Scott Card writes imaginative and compelling novels that also explore questions about morality and religion. His Ender series is the most popular; but he also offers a fresh take on the Bible in his Women of Genesis books and has authored other history-based fantasy series.

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