Book Review: Characters and Viewpoint

Characters and Viewpoint

By: Orson Scott Card

Writer’s Digest Books

Tools for Creating Vibrant Memorable Characters

In “Characters and Viewpoints” Orson Scott Card provides the writer with the tools for constructing colorful credible characters. Card grabbed my attention as I scanned the table of contents. I immediately followed this by perusing the bold headings within the chapters. The book is divided into three parts.  Card begins with pointers on inventing characters, where they come from, potential audience, and choosing names. He moves on to help the reader/writer construct characters, including the protagonist, supporting, and minor characters. I particularly needed help in the area of voice, presentation, and person. Card included illustrations from well-known authors to reinforce the writing principles presented throughout the book.

“The Elements of Fiction Writing – Characters and Viewpoint” is an important tool for new writers. The book is filled with definitive techniques for creating vibrant memorable characters.

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