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Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint: Proven advice and timeless techniques for creating compelling characters by an a ward-winning author (English Edition) Kindle版
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 author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative optionsthe choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families.
You'll learn how to:
• draw the characters from a variety of sources, including a story's basic idea, real lifeeven 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 loveor love to hate
• distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each one 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
- ASIN : B004GUSDIG
- 出版社 : Writer's Digest Books (2010/12/22)
- 発売日 : 2010/12/22
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 3063 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効にされていません
- Word Wise : 有効にされていません
- 本の長さ : 242ページ
The section covering viewpoints is quite interesting, but I didn't find the examples provided particularly useful. In fact, this is the main problem of this book - the examples don't seem to come from very well known books, and the author's own are frankly irritating (I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who couldn't stand 'Nora').
Most of the content is about character development; it's all very readable, if slighty obvious. I think we can all figure out by ourselves that a character who is too perfect is going to be a hard one for the reader to relate to.
All in all, this is still worth a read and a good addition to a writer's library.
Card starts off with an incredibly thorough guide to the aspects of character: motivation, history, reputation, habits, talents, preferences, etc., as well as physical attributes. He goes on to explain what makes a good character, and how to keep improving on it. He then gives some excellent tips on how to construct fictional characters, particularly by observing real characters and then mixing and matching aspects of a variety of different types to come up with something impressively original. Always, he insists that we don't take the first or easiest option for any character but keep digging until we find something really interesting.
Okay, there is a lot of good stuff after that, but I'm not going to describe the whole book. Yes, some sections are more important than others, but it is all amazingly thorough. It is almost incredible to me that a writer - and a science fiction writer, part of a group not usually known for great insights into character - could amass so much information about this topic. Perhaps most important of all is his attitude that we keep striving for originality by asking question after question. I think I am going to spend many years mining the information in this one book.
The book covers in great depth a range of topics, from inventing characters through to portraying them on the page. It looks at understanding what characters you need, how to develop their identity and history, the roles they should play in the story, and how to make it come alive. It also looks at the types of stories you may be telling, how that might affect which characters you choose to focus on, and the points of view you may want to use.
If you’ve ready Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, then you will notice some overlap between the two books. However, the overlap is in the basic information on story construction, and this book dives much deeper into writing believable and engaging characters.
I found this book to be clear and engaging, written in a style that made me feel I was sitting in a comfortable chair across from the man himself, listening as he talked about the topic. At the same time, it’s well structured, making the advice it provides easy to digest. This is important, as the pages are dense with techniques, hints, and tips.
The bottom line? I knew I needed to work a little smarter (and harder) on creating deeper characters, which is why I turned to this book in particular. It delivered, giving me a new outlook on the process and (I hope) more believable and engaging characters in my stories.