Better Than Any Living Person

“The characters in your fiction are people. Human beings… Readers want to get to know your characters as well as they know their own friends, their own family. As well as they know themselves. No– better than they know any living person… That’s part of what fiction is for– to give a better understanding of human nature and human behavior than anyone can ever get in life.” – Orson Scott Card

These days, there are more How To Write books out there than you can shake a stick at– so many, in fact, that I’m starting to think there’s a market for a “How to Write a How to Write Book” book.  The above quote comes from a good one, Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card.  Full of useful and specific advice, and worth a read.  – CB

P.S.: Only 5 days until the release of The Fallen Odyssey… Stay tuned.

6 thoughts on “Better Than Any Living Person

    1. He’s a very talented novelist, and perfectly suited to write a book on characters and viewpoint. Check out the Ender series (if you haven’t already) for great examples in this department.

  1. really good quote! and something to remind me to make my characters more than just names, even if they only have a small part to play in the story.

  2. I actually had a query from a writer who is looking for editing for her “How to Write a How to Write a Book” book!
    Congratulations on your book release! I found you because you “liked” one of my blog posts, and I’m glad I did.

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