New Feature: Steps on the Journey – Characters & Viewpoint

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So, in the one month blogoversary post, I listed a few things I wanted to accomplish with this blog. One of those things is the new feature, Steps on the Journey. The purpose of this feature is to recommend books about writing, publishing, and “the biz” that I, or friends, have found useful. And to that end, here’s our first Step!

Anyone who’s read in the science fiction or fantasy realm has probably at least heard of Orson Scott Card. He is a prolific author, having written books, short stories, plays, articles, essays and reviews.

In Characters and Viewpoint, Card gives you tools to create memorable, fleshed-out characters with their own styles, which is so important to making your readers care & come back for more! It’s a pretty easy read; it’s not as dry as many books on writing are. Card’s style is all over this thing.

One of the things I found most helpful about this book is the emphasis on viewpoint. Card emphasizes the differences among the myriad points of view: omniscient, first person and limited third (2 different depths). His explanations are visual as well as verbal/written, making them much easier to grasp than in other POV books I’ve read.

Recommendation:

This writing book is recommended for all writers, and especially beginning writers and those who need a little more guidance when it comes to point of view.

Have a book to suggest for this feature? Drop me a comment!

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9 Comments

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    Periapex
    February 22, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    I’m desperately looking for a pen to write the book info down.

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    BillyWarhol
    February 22, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    I should prolly read it* I could never purposely sit down to write a Book tho* I’m better just doing my Blog + letting it Flow free + naturally Warts n Farts n All!!

    ;))

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    Venessa G.
    February 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I really didn’t have a huge problem with staying in the correct POV, but I never understood the differences among the types of POV. I really can’t recommend this book enough! (As evidenced by the fact that I’m still touting it in the comments of the post in which I originally touted it! LOL)

    VG

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    Mewie
    February 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, prayers answered… I was struggling with this exercise in my own novel writing… thanks so much.

    Looking forward to reading Card’s book. =)

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    Carolyn B.
    February 22, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Cool — you’ve got great timing for me. I’ve been struggling with POV on a current project of mine. :o)

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    Martha Alderson
    February 22, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I’d love you to comment on:
    http://plotwhisperer.blogspot.com/
    A writer posed a question that this book addresses. I wonder if you could give a couple of the helpful hints you learned to the struggling writer????? One writer helping another. Nothing better.
    Great blog!

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    Matt Barnes
    February 23, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I really like the direction you have taken with this site. I came across it through Blogcatalog, I will add you there and Technorati.

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    Venessa G.
    February 23, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, all!

    Martha – I commented on the blog post you mentioned. What I wrote is something I have to continually remind myself as well!

    Carolyn – I’m so glad you found this recommendation a help. It’s such a fantastic book!

    Matt – Thanks very much for the adds and I’m happy you’re enjoying the site 🙂

    VG

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    Julie
    February 26, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Orson Scott Card is one of my favourite authors. He has a wonderful grasp on a characters point of view and this is a major issue when writing a book, choosing who’s telling the story and how much of the thought and emotions that other characters have can be revealed and by whom.

    I’ll be looking for this book. Thanks for telling me about it.

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