Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott CardVivid and memorable characters arent 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 youll make in creating fictional people so real that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families.
Youll learn how to:
draw the characters from a variety of sources, including a storys basic idea, real life–even a characters 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
Elements of Fiction & Nonfiction
Literary Elements of Fiction
Elements of fiction and elements of story in general can be used by the reader to increase their enjoyment and understanding of different literary pieces. Once students are aware that all stories have elements of character, setting, plot, theme, point of view, style, and tone; they can be encouraged to ask themselves to identify the characteristics of each for a particular story. The more familiar they become with the different kinds of elements the better they will understand and critically analyze stories. Character is the mental, emotional, and social qualities to distinguish one entity from another people, animals, spirits, automatons, pieces of furniture, and other animated objects. Character development is the change that a character undergoes from the beginning of a story to the end. Young children can note this. The importance of a character to the story determines how fully the character is developed.
A fiction writer uses various elements such as characterization, plot, setting, point of view and style to tell a story. These elements work together to create a comprehensive short story or novel. A writer's skillful use of these elements enhances a reader's enjoyment of the story. Characterization refers to the use of literary elements to create realistic characters and elicit a particular reaction to them. Characters may be one-dimensional, meaning they are not fully developed and serve only a small purpose in the story.
The Elements of Fiction. Plot, Setting, Character, Conflict, Symbol, and Point of View are the main elements which fiction writers use to develop a story and its Theme. Because literature is an art and not a science, it is impossible to specifically quantify any of these elements within any story or to guarantee that each will be present in any given story. Setting might be the most important element in one and almost nonexistent in another. Just as a Crime Scene Investigator cannot approach a crime scene looking for a specific clue e.
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Literary Elements (Parts of a Story) - Video and Worksheet
The six major elements of fiction are character, plot, point of view, setting, style, and theme. Character -- A figure in a literary work personality, gender, age, etc. Forester makes a distinction between flat and round characters. Flat characters are types or caricatures defined by a single idea of quality, whereas round characters have the three-dimensional complexity of real people. It is the sequence of major events in a story, usually in a cause-effect relation. Point of View -- the vantage point from which a narrative is told.
Before a construction worker builds a house, he or she has to know how to hammer a nail, screw in a screw, and drive a Ford F with a rifle rack and a tool chest in the bed you may think that last one is a stereotype, but not where I come from. The point is, the builder has to be skilled in the tools of the trade. Writers are no different: we have to know how to use our tools. But before we can master them, we have to know what they are. These are the beings who inhabit our stories.
It cannot be contradicted within the confines of the story. Even though the theme is not stated and is often hidden. Every other detail must conform to it. The various themes can be love, truth, war, violence, revenge, tragedy, adulthood , etc. Characters are the various persons or animals taking part in the story. Some important elements of a plot are conflict or disruption of equilibrium Human vs.