Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Card, Orson Scott. Characters and viewpoint / Orson Scott Card, p. cm. Includes index. ISBN 0- Review of Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card, Femine Wiles by Donna Elizabeth Boetig and ou Can Write Greeting Cards by Karen Ann Moore. Award-winning auther Orson Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoints in Orson Scott Card writes imaginative and compelling novels that also.

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I never thought that characters are the most important thing in a story, even if the storyline is not that strong Strong and believable characters are the essence of a good book!

9780898799279 – Characters and Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Orson Scott Card

It really is a book of tools, not answers, and those tools have turned out to be very useful. From inside the book. We learn about presentational versus representational viewpoint.

Characters and Viewpoint Card, Orson Scott. Chapters 16, 17 and It wasn’t a waste of time but there are books that covers the same ground while also being A. Writer’s Digest Orwon, April. Characters and Viewpoint is required reading for all fiction writers. Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.

A book to help you choose your POV.

Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories.

What was so good? Having anchored on the first four chapters, I kept finding myself thinking: I would recommend this even if you have no intentions of vieepoint your own prose. 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 members orosn their own families.

You will have a better appreciation and understanding of narrative and characters after this book, and your reading will never be the same.

Also what mistakes to avoid making as well. This book is the perfect guide on how to built this kind of characters.


– Characters and Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Orson Scott Card

Okay, so you know I’m an addict, I read a lot of books on writing, and I’m not done on reviewing them all yet. In this event, there may be a slight delay in shipping and possible variation in description. You’ll learn how to: View a FREE sample.

The final chapter here covers ‘Transformations’, which is indeed a necessity in good story telling because a character should undergo change or fail at it and the reader should witness this change or failure – charactdrs, Card’s discussion here becomes abstract and, like most of this section, does not really delve into how to do any of these things.

He had an interesting section regarding the concept of suspencion of disbelief in regards to comical and serious characters. If you’re just starting out, it is a quick read and good basic info to be aware of but more advanced writers may find it less than satisfactory. Order our Characters and Viewpoint Study Guide. Jul 11, Joy Pixley rated it it was amazing.

View all 16 comments. The brief chapters here discuss the orsom the story is told in, dramatic vs. I’m not saying the information in this book isn’t useful, as it is, but it is primarily common sense, or at least it was for me.

He is able to take his life experiences and create worlds and characters that are not biographical or autobiographical in content or detail, yet touch very realistically upon the thoughts, motives, and desires of the viewoint.

Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

Intelligent and thought-provoking discussion. I graduated from college in English–and yet this is the best book I’ve read on how to write characters.

It’s made even better by the fact that Card’s insights apply equally to both literary and mainstream fiction. Makes my want to stop reading and start writing.

Characters and Viewpoint

Having anchored on the first four chapters, I kept finding myself thinkin For turning out to be possibly my favorite writing craft book ever, this one started off a bit slow to me. I was particularly scptt of his explanation of jeopardy, and I found his explanation on developing sympathetic characters interesting.

This WD book was very basic and most of the guidance on characterization is focused on creating characters before you start writing and not fleshing out those characters on the page. The third part is perhaps the most useful and focuses more on topics like voice and viewpoint rather than purely on character. This book has some good tips for anyone who wants to evolve their characterizations skills.


The character may wear the mask of the common man, but underneath his true viewoint must always be the face of the hero. Card grabbed my attention as I scanned the table of contents. More tools Find sellers with multiple copies Add to want list. However, despite having a few biases about what works and what doesn’t or shouldn’t However, by no means do I think the information in this book should be taken as an absolute answer on the craft of writing.

I am not an aspiring author, but this author is inspiring. Accessories view;oint as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Inventory on Biblio is continually updated, but because much of our booksellers’ inventory is uncommon or even one-of-a-kind, stock-outs do happen from time to time. Elements of Fiction Writing. In Characters and Viewpoint, Card uses straight forward prose There’s nothing new in books about writing fiction, only on how they’re presented.

Yep, as demonstrated by the lamentable obscurity in which characters like Poirot and Sherlock Holmes have long languished, right? Characters and Viewpoint shows you just that, how to craft characters through their actions, reactions, motivation, etc, with good examples throughout. He also explains the basic concept of various types of stories, Milieu which has a fascinating explanation for the reason that The Lord of the Rings is percieved as having so many endingsIdea, Character, and Event.

Also when writing in this way, the protagonist can’t say what another character thinks or feels, only what they think that bby might think or feel, but again, this can be done by using a scene to show the character in dialogue or action that demonstrates how they might be thinking or feeling.

This involves making the reader care about, believe in, and comprehend the story that you’re telling and the characters in it. Get Characters and Viewpoint from Amazon.