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My 1st Book on How to Write Fiction

Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card was the very first book I read about the craft of writing fiction.

Before then, I viewed fiction writing as an art– without rules!  without limits!  without boundaries!

And I was breaking those rules, limits, and boundaries… in such a terrible way 😭

My characters were all stereotypes.  A lot of my scenes didn’t move the story forward.  I showed the reader everything my character did, from brushing their teeth to picking out their clothes in the morning– Bo-ring.

And I thought this was characterization:  “Emily was 5’7, with light blue eyes, and long blonde hair.”  I would sometimes START stories like this!  Ughghghghg 🙈

Characters and ViewpointOnce I read Characters and Viewpointmy stories began to transform.  No more catty cheerleaders, bully jocks, and smart nerds with thick glasses held together by scotch tape.

No more writing out what a character looks like, as if you were reading their ID card.

No more switching from 1st to 3rd person without care or warning.

I remember picking up this book because one day I picked up Ender’s Game (also Orson Scott Card).  I never read sci-fi, and this was just the only book available for some reason.

And.  I.  Loved.  It!

It’s really the only sci-fi book I love to this day, so I figured if this guy can make me enjoy something I normally wouldn’t, he must have some good writing skills.  I need to know what he’s doing!

Even if you didn’t like Ender’s Game, I think you can still gain a lot of useful information from Characters and Viewpoint.  When I have to write a story for my classes, I still use a lot of the advice I learned from this book.

I hope it helps you too ✌

Write on,

Yari Garcia

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