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.
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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