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 🙈
Once I read Characters and Viewpoint, my 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 ✌
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