Elements of Fiction Writing Characters Viewpoint

Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made. This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs.

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599632698

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made. 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 options–the 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 life–even 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 love–or 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

Writing Real Characters

Why? At the end of the day, a story with memorable, interesting characters taking memorable, interesting actions will ALWAYS be a MEMORABLE, INTERESTING STORY.

Author: Archer Throne

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1717775314

Category:

Page: 114

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Discover the SECRET TECHNIQUE professional, award-winning writers use to Create INCREDIBLY compelling, UNFORGETTABLE characters - EVERY TIME! Character work is one of the most demanding, frustrating, yet important tasks for a writer. Your characters serve as a mental link between the reader and the world you've created. Flat, boring or uninspired characters will instantly turn off even the most devout fan. Readers will often forgive a boring plot as long if they can CONNECT with your characters. Why? At the end of the day, a story with memorable, interesting characters taking memorable, interesting actions will ALWAYS be a MEMORABLE, INTERESTING STORY. From Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby, or Harry Potter, The Hunger Games (or even Fifty Shades of Grey), it's the characters and the choices they made ultimately comprise the HEART of the narrative. What we remember is larger-than-life Jay Gatsby and his immense love for Daisy. Fierce heroine Katniss, who willingly threw herself into the gauntlet to protect her sister from sure death. Darth Vader. Hannibal Lector. Rocky Balboa. Michael Corleone. Count Dracula. Ebenezer Scrooge. It's All About Character. Thing is, there's still that quality about good character work that just seems so elusive. In my own writing, no matter how hard I tried, my characters still seemed to lack that "wow" factor. They all seemed like carbon copies of each other. It wasn't until years later, while listening to a lecture at the Writers' Guild in Los Angeles that I learned a secret that would change my writing forever. While listening to the lecture, I noticed this average, everyday looking guy in a baseball cap jotting down notes. Afterwards, I ended up running into him outside. We began to chat about movies, writing, etc. and he suggested that we take the conversation to a small caf

A Z Writers Character Quirks

Inside, bestselling author of Pimp My Fiction, Paula Wynne explains a few major uses for character habits and quirks: * Bringing Characters to Life with Quirks and Habits * Identifying Characters * Defining Character * Creating Conflict * ...

Author: Paula Wynne

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1530622026

Category:

Page: 138

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Creating real fictional character is one of the most important steps in writing a novel. When you write a novel, the first thing to learn is how to create fictional characters, from heroes and heroines, to baddies and villains and other minor characters. Without a compelling character you don't have a story! Whether they will be an animated object, toy or animal, a monster, alien or fantasy fabrication or real human beings, they need to be fully developed with emotions, flaws, hurts and habits or quirks. But even if a writer creates an archetype character, a fictional person from a star sign, or a hero or heroine from the enneagram types, they must end up being a character with personality. You have to give them unique traits and characteristic to make them real and not a walking cardboard. After you've started with a basic character and then added 'real flesh' to your character's bones with different personality traits and emotions, you'll need to put a lot of thought, research and time into developing a fully-fledged individual. Another way to ensure your characters are like real people is to give them habits and quirks. One of the hardest and most satisfying parts of writing is making your characters fully alive so your readers can recognise them, visualise them, believe in them and care about them. And worry about them so much that they keep turning the pages to see what happens to the character and how they cope with the plots twists thrown at them. Of course, this requires careful use of story events, flashbacks, memories and dialogue. Along with disorders, traits, past hurts and personality flaws, it's also helpful to flesh characters out with distinctive quirks and habits to make them memorable and distinctive. Don't Just Create A Character ~ Create A Memorable Fictional Person Quirks and habits serve several purposes in fiction. Inside, bestselling author of Pimp My Fiction, Paula Wynne explains a few major uses for character habits and quirks: * Bringing Characters to Life with Quirks and Habits * Identifying Characters * Defining Character * Creating Conflict * Habits and Quirk Shifts As part of the Writers' Resource Series, the A~Z of Writers's Character Quirks will give you a long list of Behaviours, Foibles, Habits, Mannerisms & Quirks in easy to find alphabetical order to help you create memorable fictional characters.

Writing Diverse Characters For Fiction TV or Film

But when it comes to actually writing diverse characters and stories, nothing beats talking to REAL, actual people! Here are some things to consider when ...

Author: Lucy V. Hay

Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd

ISBN: 9780857301185

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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We're living in a time of unprecedented diversity in produced media content, with more characters appearing who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), disabled, or from other religions or classes. What's more, these characters are increasingly appearing in genre pieces, accessible to the mainstream, instead of being hidden away in so-called 'worthier' pieces, as in the past. How to Write Diverse Characters discusses issues of race, disability, sexuality and transgender people with specific reference to characterisation - not only in movies and TV, but also novel writing. Taking in blockbuster movies such as Mad Max Fury Road, Russell T Davies' ground-breaking TV series Cucumber and and the controversial novel Gone Girl, the book explores: - How character role function really works - What is the difference between stereotype and archetype? - Why 'trope' does not mean what Twitter and Tumblr think it means - How the burden of casting affects both box office and audience perception - Why diversity is not about agendas, buzzwords or being 'politically correct' - What authenticity truly means and why research is so important - Why variety is key in ensuring true diversity in characterisation Writers have to catch up. Knowing not only what makes a 'good' diverse character doesn't always cut it; they need to know what agents, publishers, producers, filmmakers and commissioners are looking for - and why. This book gives writers the tools to create three dimensional, authentic characters ... who just happen to be diverse. 'A timely guide to creating original characters and reinvigorating tired storylines' - Debbie Moon, creator and showrunner, Wolfblood (BBC) 'Lucy V. Hay nails it' - Stephen Volk, BAFTA-winning screenwriter: Ghostwatch, Afterlife, The Awakening 'Packed with practical and inspirational insights' - Karol Griffiths, development consultant and script editor, clients include ITV, BBC, Warner Brothers

Character Depth

Take advantage of deep point-of-view, the most popular POV mode. Character depth is a fundamental feature of engaging fiction to keep your readers riveted to this book and eagerly anticipating your next.

Author: Jordan McCollum

Publisher:

ISBN: 1940096146

Category:

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IS YOUR CHARACTER REAL TO YOUR READER? CHARACTER DEPTH brings your character to life, making her real for your reader. Does your character come to life, bounding off the page and into your readers' hearts and minds? Or is he flatter than a paper pancake? A well-rounded character is more than a puppet to the whims of the plot. She moves her story forward through her actions and motivations. For a character to truly come to life for your readers, first she must come to life for you as the writer. Even a well-rounded character can fall flat if we fail to convey her well. Deep point-of-view plays a vital role in showing our character's depth to readers. Both well-rounded character development and effective writing are necessary to make our character truly come to life for readers. CHARACTER DEPTH will help you: Create a three-dimensional character from the ground up. Dig into your character to find what makes him tick, and use that to make him come to life. Discover your character's vital backstory and convey it effectively. Effectively portray your character's emotions to keep your readers invested in her and her story. Take advantage of deep point-of-view, the most popular POV mode. Character depth is a fundamental feature of engaging fiction to keep your readers riveted to this book and eagerly anticipating your next. Make your characters really come to life!

Creative Writing

This book offers you 10 story starts, ready for your to continue the journey however you decided! You are the creative writer you decide! Creative writing is one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

Author: Paper Company

Publisher:

ISBN: 1701674157

Category:

Page: 66

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This book offers you 10 story starts, ready for your to continue the journey however you decided! You are the creative writer you decide! Creative writing is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. However, you really don't need a special talent for it. What you need is a paper, a pen and a very good imagination that is worthy of telling your story to other people. With good imagination, you can really capture your audience's minds and keep them reading your work. However, you have to know that a good imagination is simply not enough when you are writing. You also need to consider quite a few things first before you start writing. It is a fact that many authors find it hard to write an article or a novel. So, if you are experiencing difficulty in writing an article or a novel, it is just natural. The first thing you need to consider is to have an appropriate environment in order for you to concentrate on work. Create your own writing environment to enable you to write more effectively and think more effectively. Consider the clothes you wear, the music you want to hear while writing, the temperature of the room, the lighting, the chair and a lot more. You should be comfortable with all these things. If you are, you will find it easier to write. You will also need to have a writing schedule. You have to remember that nothing can be more frustrating when writing when someone is always barging in your writing time. You need to know when you can write in order to avoid interruptions from friends, family, co-workers or whomever that may interrupt you when you are writing. You have to concentrate on writing so you have to turn off anything that will interrupt you. Consider diverting all calls to a machine, turn off your mobile phone and other devices that may interrupt you. Remember that you will be in another world in creative writing; you have to get out of the real world. If you are writing about a character, you should relate to them. Imagine you are that character and know their different behaviors and talk to an imaginary character. By doing this, you can effectively show your characters personality and will definitely make your readers think as if the character is real. These are some of the things you need for you to be able to write more effectively. Creative writing is a very tiring task to do, by following these advice, you will definitely write a good novel that everyone will surely buy. If all else fails buy this book This book makes for a wonderful as a gift, present for that creative writer in your life or for yourself. About this notebook: 10 story starts (a simple thought to help you start on a story) 5 ruled pages after each start to write your story Perfect for teachers, moms, kids, school, home school, college High-quality matte cover for a professional finish Perfect size at 6 x 9 inch Perfect for anyone that loves writing, creative writing, story telling, author, publisher, book lover, biographer, columnist, composer, creator, journalist, poet, producer. reporter, ghostwriter, playwright, wordsmith.

The Science of Writing Characters

This very practical approach makes the book an engaging and accessible companion guide for all writers who want to better understand how they can make memorable characters with the potential for global appeal.

Author: Kira-Anne Pelican

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 1501357247

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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The Science of Writing Characters is a comprehensive handbook to help writers create compelling and psychologically-credible characters that come to life on the page. Drawing on the latest psychological theory and research, ranging from personality theory to evolutionary science, the book equips screenwriters and novelists with all the techniques they need to build complex, dimensional characters from the bottom up. Writers learn how to create rounded characters using the 'Big Five' dimensions of personality and then are shown how these personality traits shape action, relationships and dialogue. Throughout The Science of Writing Characters, psychological theories and research are translated into handy practical tips, which are illustrated through examples of characters in action in well-known films, television series and novels, ranging from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Game of Thrones to The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Goldfinch. This very practical approach makes the book an engaging and accessible companion guide for all writers who want to better understand how they can make memorable characters with the potential for global appeal.

Nestor s Loop

You always wanted to be a novelist.

Author: Doyle Sinclair

Publisher:

ISBN: 0692770682

Category:

Page: 372

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You always wanted to be a novelist. You begin writing. You find other like-minded souls, artists one and all and you form a writer's club to help each other with story ideas and you meet weekly to critique each other's writing. But, what happens when your characters come to life?David belongs to a writer's club of six writers and they meet at a coffee shop once a week to discuss the latest chapter that they've written for their current novel-in-progress. When David's writer's block causes him to miss a week of writing, another member of the group writes a chapter for him, and her writing causes the characters in his story to come alive and begin interfering in his real life.He retaliates by writing a 'revenge chapter' in which he writes a chapter for her novel-in-progress, causing her fictional characters to come to life and begin causing problems in her life. This sets in motion a series of 'revenge chapters' being written by all 6 writers for each other's novels causing all the fictional characters to come to life and wreak havoc and causing chaos for everyone.All David wants to do is finish his book and meet the girl of his dreams (who is a character in his book) but in order to do that, he and his character have to fight off all the other characters who are trying to block him from meeting his soul-mate.Will he meet be successful and meet her? Or is she even real? Are any of writers or characters real or is it all fiction?Truth is stranger than fiction and reality is a plastic concept . . . Read their stories and see what you, the reader, thinks is real or believes is just fiction.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing a Novel 2nd Edition

Make Your Dream of Writing a Novel Come True Tom Monteleone ... anovel in which allthe characters arereal people andthe story isan account of real events.

Author: Tom Monteleone

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101198117

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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A completely updated guide for first-time novelists. Completely revised to include new interviews with best-selling authors; more detailed information on writing genre fiction from paranormal romance to cozy mysteries; and everything a writer needs to know about self-publishing and eBooks to get started. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing a Novel, Second Edition, is an indispensable reference on how to write and publish a first novel. ?Expert author with over thirty published novels ?Includes interviews with new best-selling novelists ?Features new material on writing genre fiction and self-publishing

Screenwriter s Compass

In Screenwriter's Compass, Guy Gallo shows aspiring and professional screenwriters how to move away from the turn-by-turn directions of the outline and navigate more intuitively.

Author: Guy Gallo

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240818078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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Ever watch a movie, and despite great production value, fantastic action sequences, a great cast, etc, you come away thinking-I just didn't buy it. Chances are it was because you didn't care about the characters. Screenwriter's Compass presents a new way of approaching screenwriting, examining how effective screen storytelling must be grounded in the vivid imagining and presentation of character. Screenwriter's Compass will not offer formulas to follow but instead will give you the tools needed to chart your own path to screenwriting success. It details useful ways of thinking about writing, as well as practical ideas and concepts to help you discover the unique geography of your own imagination and navigate the problems posed by the struggle to express vision, agenda, and story. You'll learn how to root your writing in motivation and voice, to create screenplays that seduce and make your reader lean forward, and, most importantly, identify with your characters. * Guy Gallo brings well over twenty years of experience--both as a working screenwriter and as an instructor with a list of big-name students * ...including James Mangold (Girl Interrupted, Walk the Line), Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland), Jeannine Dominy (Dangerous Beauty), and Christopher Zalla (Sundance Grand Jury 2007 for Sangre di mi sangre) * Shows screenwriters not just how to create characters, but how a screenplay emerges from these strong characters * Readers grow their understanding of their screenplays through Gallo's fresh interpretation of screenwriting

The Science of Science fiction Writing

At their best some characters begin to seem more real than the people around us; because we share their perceptions and even their thoughts, we actually may ...

Author: James E. Gunn

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781578860111

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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A fiction-writing text by a well-known sci-fi author, editor and professor.

Basics Film Making 02 Screenwriting

Unlike many texts on screenwriting, this book can be read in two distinct ways. ... Many factors go into building a characterreal or fictional.

Author: Robert Edgar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350034709

Category: Photography

Page: 208

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Basics Film-Making: Screenwriting is the second in the Basics Film-Making series and is aimed both at students on film production courses, as well as those wishing to write a short film. The book teaches the key elements of screenwriting through examining areas such as dialogue, sound, setting, shots and structure. It also provides advice to new film-makers on how to market their productions. This is an essential guide to screenwriting and will teach you to write and produce artistically satisfying shorts.

Character Worksheets for Writers

One technique that many writers use with success is to complete a character worksheet for the main characters in the novel.

Author: Just Journals

Publisher:

ISBN: 1974023168

Category:

Page: 170

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20 Worksheets. 8 pages each. One of the most important elements in a novel or short story is characterization: making the characters seem vivid, real, alive. One technique that many writers use with success is to complete a character worksheet for the main characters in the novel. The purpose of a character worksheet is twofold: to assist the writer in creating a character that is as lifelike as possible and to help with continuity issues in the story. These worksheets are a tool for organizing your thoughts about a certain character and keeping track of a particular character's idiosyncrasies and relationships. It can help flesh out a cardboard character and even make you think about facets of his or her personality that you had not considered before. Character worksheets are useful when writing in any genre. For example, fantasy writers can use the character profiles to keep track of factors such as magical abilities, family lineage, and limitations on the character's power to ensure continuity in the action. For literary and mainstream novels, worksheets are especially useful for keeping in mind motivations of the character -- hurts and disappointments in the past which may not be alluded to directly in the dialogue, but which nevertheless color everything the character thinks and feels. A Character worksheet is also of great help during the rewrite stage of your novel. You can use the profile to ensure continuity in the character's actions. For example, if in draft 1 your heroine is just recovering from a nasty divorce and in draft 2 you've decided to make her a happily married mother of three, you will know to check every scene with dialogue about her marital status as well as scenes where the (now non-existent) dastardly ex-husband is mentioned. If you change an attribute of your character, be sure to update your Character Worksheet right away. Obviously, a character can develop over the course of the novel. The Worksheet provides a place for you to note that fact so that when you read over your final draft you can see if you achieved your particular character development goal for that character. A Character Worksheet is also a great help if you get stuck on one character who doesn't quite seem real. Maybe he needs a new characteristic -- a hidden trauma, a fabulous skill or a deadly secret -- something that will make the character come alive for you. How detailed you want your character worksheets to be just depends on what works best for you. We provide 8 pages for each character, including extra space for Images and Additional Information.

The Science of Writing Characters

Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters Kira-Anne Pelican ... psychologically convincing and in at least some way resemble real speech, ...

Author: Kira-Anne Pelican

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501357237

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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The Science of Writing Characters is a comprehensive handbook to help writers create compelling and psychologically-credible characters that come to life on the page. Drawing on the latest psychological theory and research, ranging from personality theory to evolutionary science, the book equips screenwriters and novelists with all the techniques they need to build complex, dimensional characters from the bottom up. Writers learn how to create rounded characters using the 'Big Five' dimensions of personality and then are shown how these personality traits shape action, relationships and dialogue. Throughout The Science of Writing Characters, psychological theories and research are translated into handy practical tips, which are illustrated through examples of characters in action in well-known films, television series and novels, ranging from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Game of Thrones to The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Goldfinch. This very practical approach makes the book an engaging and accessible companion guide for all writers who want to better understand how they can make memorable characters with the potential for global appeal.

Conversations with Colum McCann

Michod: Was writing about Douglass so difficult because he was a real character, whatever that is. A historical character? Even in DeLillo's Underworld, ...

Author: Earl G. Ingersoll

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496812971

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Conversations with Colum McCann brings together eighteen interviews with a world-renowned fiction writer. Ranging from his 1994 literary debut, Fishing the Sloe-Black River, to a new and unpublished interview conducted in 2016, these interviews represent the development as well as the continuation of McCann's interests. The number and length of the later conversations attest to his star-power. Let the Great World Spin earned him the National Book Award and promises to become a major motion picture. His most recent novel, TransAtlantic, has awed readers with its dynamic yoking of the 1845-1846 visit of Frederick Douglass to Ireland, the 1919 first nonstop transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown, and Senator George Mitchell's 1998 efforts to achieve a peace accord in Northern Ireland. An extensive interview by scholar Cecile Maudet is included here, as is an interview by John Cusatis, who wrote Understanding Colum McCann, the first extensive critical analysis of McCann's work. An author who actually enjoys talking about his work, McCann (b. 1965) offers insights into his method of writing, what he hopes to achieve, as well as the challenge of writing each novel to go beyond his accomplishments in the novel before. Readers will note how many of his responses include stories in which he himself is the object of the humor and how often his remarks reveal insights into his character as a man who sees the grittiness of the urban landscape but never loses faith in the strength of ordinary people and their capacity to prevail.

Writers Artists Guide to Writing for Children and YA

by the young characters, in one way or another by the end of the book, leaving the child reader with a sense of security, not fearfulness.

Author: Linda Strachan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472970046

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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The W&A Guide to Writing for Children and YA provides informed, practical advice from a successful and experienced writer of children's books across all ages. Its coverage includes picture books through middle grade and young adult; fiction and non-fiction; books for reluctant readers and books for the education market. It is one author's lifetime of experience distilled into an engaging guide on how to manage, kickstart or begin your writing career. This is a heavily revised and expanded edition of Linda's Writing for Children (2008). Much has happened in both Linda's writing life and in the world of children's books since then. Staying true to the essence of the original, the new edition includes more advice and experience to reflect changes in digital publishing, self-publishing, and the explosion of YA and children's writing more broadly.

Writing for Soaps

A character's birthday party, for instance, can have widespread story ... Character dialogue that mentions real people (particularly politicians and anyone ...

Author: Chris Curry

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408142080

Category: Reference

Page: 176

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Soap opera has become the most popular form of radio and television drama and now constitutes the biggest market for modern day dramatists. For the new writer, as well as those experienced in other genres, this book reveals how Soap works. As well as covering the specifics of Soap writing, Chris Curry guides the writer through the uniquely collaborative process from storylining to finished script. 'A clear, honest, practical and funny guide to soap writing' - Valerie Windsor.