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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Nov 30, Lynn Joshua rated it really liked it. 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. Unlike Card’s approach, where I find that writing about the obvious is redundant and generalizing the subjective in impractical.

Characters and Viewpoint Summary & Study Guide

I’d already heard much of the advice in this book, in part because Mary Robinette Kowal of the Writing Excuses podcast is a fan and refers to it often. Extraordinary characters can make even the simpliest of ideas blossom into something beautiful.

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His novel Ender’s Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead, both won Hugo and Nebula awards, making Card the only author to win both prizes in consecutive years.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It’s not just the range of topics that makes this an excellent craft book, it’s how deeply Card manages to probe them; he effortlessly squeezes a huge amount of insight into relatively short sections, while offering truly useful examples and techniques.


Card understands and explains how an author can make his characters believable, fascinating, likeable, or repellant. He received his B. Others are written by authors who use them Characters and Viewpoint is required reading for all fiction writers.

These may not necessarily be good examples of what they’re trying to demonstrate, but they’re not about qnd let an opportunity to promote their work slip by.

A book to help you choose your POV. It is possible that this would be helpful for a complete novice, but for someone who has already got a lot of this writing stuff figured out, it just comes across as a lot of fluff and filler. I graduated from college in English–and yet this is the best book I’ve read on how to write chsracters.

He then goes into a detailed analysis complete with illustrations taken from both fictional and dramatic writing of various techniques for developing effective and engaging characters.

I’ve given this 2 stars because it could still be useful to the novice interested in pulp writing, and because Card does explain himself clearly. We viepoint about presentational versus representational viewpoint.

In this book, Card delved deeper into the subject matter than I’ve ever seen anyone do before. This section contains words approx.

Oct 19, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: The way he addressed references of “homosexual” characters, his suggestion that characters who show their intellect tend to come across as unsymphathetic, and the way he addressed some of the women characters didn’t quite seem It is an invaluable resource for any penmonkey.

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.

Characters and Viewpoint Summary & Study Guide

Characters and Viewpoint shows you just that, how to craft characters through their actions, reactions, motivation, etc, with good examples throughout. Seguem algumas dicas dessa parte: Strong and believable characters are the essence of a good book! We talk about transformations — why people change and justifying those changes.


Also what mistakes to avoid making as well. First, the range and depth of the topics. This is a book I think anyone serious about writing a novel ought to read. Again though, the information is quite elementary and what he does in several pages, other writers have accomplished as an opening paragraph in their chapters of similar themes.

Chapters 7, 8 and 9. Orson Scott Card writes really great characters. Bookseller Completion Rate This reflects the percentage of orders the seller has received and filled.

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Plus examples same bits of stories told from different POVsrules, conventions, pitfalls and advantages of one or the other POV. I will keep the book as a This book has some good tips for anyone who wants to evolve their characterizations skills.

Card grabbed my attention as I scanned the table of contents. Best of all, it’s free. But they quickly lose interest unless this particular character is somehow out of scotg ordinary. The Kindle edition has been scanned from a print copy, but competently, and there are only a few small errors such as a missing blank line after the sentence “This is what a line break looks like”.

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Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developi Vivid and memorable characters aren’t born: Some are written by academics and you need to be one to understand them.