May 27, 0 Are you looking to hone your skills? The Writing Bloc team recommend some of their favorite craft books in our Whichcraft? Elements of Fiction Writing is a series of instructive books on the craft of writing, each written by a different author. 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.
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Whose story are you really telling? And what POV would be best for it? Plus examples same bits of stories told from different POVs , rules, conventions, pitfalls and advantages of one or the other POV. Also, if you want to learn what melodramatic writing is and how to avoid it my case , these are a few excellent examples here that will make you "get" it I certainly "got" it. The first and shortest section is about coming up with characters, what makes a character, how to name them.
The remaining three-quarters of the book was amazing. Having anchored on the first four chapters, I kept finding myself For turning out to be possibly my favorite writing craft book ever, this one started off a bit slow to me. Having anchored on the first four chapters, I kept finding myself thinking: "Well, this book is mostly just fine, but this bit right here is brilliant.
And this bit. And this bit here too. It took me a while to finish because I was reading in small chunks, so when I was done, I went back and read it again. And learned more, again. What was so good? First, the range and depth of the topics.
For me, this section was worth the price of the book. He also discusses how readers respond to certain elements and traits in characters and how to include or avoid them. How to construct emotional tension and empathy, how to make characters believable, how or whether they change over time.
How to fit the characters into the web of other characters and setting. Possibly the best part of the book is the third section on point of view. He does a wonderful job of comparing the POV options, discussing the strengths and limitations of each, how the characters come across differently in each one, and why you might want to use one versus the other in certain circumstances, for different effects.
Review: "Characters and Viewpoint" by Orson Scott Card
Finally, he goes into the relationship between character and name, as well as how to create plot beginning with character. While many of these topics would be effective for a beginner without any story background, a somewhat more experienced storyteller will recognize more of the terms and situations Card mentions in this section. These chapters cover topics such as narrative voice, point of view, and how deep the point of view will be, as well as how to determine where one should use each possibility to the greatest effect. Highlights: Chapter one has several suggestions of things to consider when creating a new character which are not often explained at length. Chapter six is an in-depth explanation of the hierarchy between background, walk-on, minor and major characters, with tips on how best to use and characterize each. Chapter seventeen is a very concise and easy-to-understand view of Third-person limited point of view, complete with pictures for clarity. Pros Many original examples to illustrate topic.
Characters and viewpoint
Characters and Viewpoint