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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It can help you create charactegs develop the characters of your story. I’ve read a couple of his Ender novels, and another stand-alone novel called Empire and his characters are really smart and are able to dive into the psychology of the people around cardd. Get Characters and Viewpoint from Amazon. Throughout, he explains the techniques in terms of the likely effect on the reader. Oct 24, Eric rated it it was amazing. My favorite part was oron section on raising the emotional stakes and jeopardy.

View the Lesson Plans. I thought it was fabulous. I read this book at a point where I’d already read a couple dozen books, a hundred Writers Digest magazines, and a zillion web pages on writing. Characters and Viewpoint By: View the Study Pack. This means the aspiring writer will lack the fundamental knowledge necessary in understanding the mechanisms at work and, thus, not be able to exploit or manipulate them, as exceptional writing is wont to do. I was having trouble with my new book because it’s told from two main characters’ POVs in first person.

While this book is not written for the casual reader, it will occupy a space on my bookshelf within easy reach for all the times I’ll need to refer to it in the future. Nov 30, Lynn Joshua rated it really liked it.


This involves making the reader care about, believe in, and comprehend the story that you’re telling and the characters in it. Characters and Viewpoint is required reading for all fiction writers.

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This book helped me understand so much about the characterization process – I will return to it many times for reference. This reflects the percentage of orders the seller has received and filled.

Card grabbed my attention as I scanned the table of contents. Chapters 7, 8 and 9. Along the way, he considers the question of the epic hero versus the ordinary person; the comic character and the serious character; the hero and the villain; character change; voice; and viewpoint.

Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

We learn about presentational versus representational viewpoint. The book is divided into three parts. Card’s basic view of writing is that in telling stories, we are influencing people to expand their understanding of the human condition; that by orsom fictional characters we can help our readers understand them more than they have ever understood a real person, and to understand themselves.

In this event, there may be a slight delay in shipping and possible variation in description. The remaining three-quarters of the book was amazing. This book is the perfect guide on how to built this kind of characters.

Okay, so you know I’m an addict, I read a lot of charaxters on writing, and I’m not done on reviewing them all yet. Stars are assigned as follows:. 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.

Very Good- in wrappers. Crad quality instruction from award-winning authors, each book focuses on a key facet of fiction writing, making it easy for writers to find the specific guidance they’re looking for.


Biewpoint, the book is not crammed with such tips on every page. Read more from the Study Guide. These suggestions are grounded in the key thematic premises relating to the sxott for justification, the importance of the narrative’s relationship with the reader, and the value orrson craft.

A how to write book. Books by Orson Scott Card. Still, it offered a few points to consider, especially if you have beta-readers specifying that you have unlikable character, and you’re trying to pinpoint why. After a brief introduction in which the author refers to writing as a solitary art and discusses different aspects of fiction writingthe vkewpoint begins the first part of his analysis subtitled “Inventing Characters” with basic descriptions of what a character is and the function that a character fulfills in a narrative.

Extraordinary characters can make even the simpliest of ideas blossom into something beautiful. For turning out to be possibly my favorite writing craft book ever, this one started off a bit slow to me. This book has some good tips for anyone who wants to evolve their characterizations skills.

Characters and Viewpoint

Here he has some golden information. As for the development of characters, he has some good points on where to look for ideas, how to develop ideas from something that might seem otherwise trivial, and how looking past the initial first response can create nuanced characters with far more intriguing stories than the first idea you come up with. We discuss how to raise the emotional stakes of a character and how we should feel about the characters.

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