Writing the Intimate Character: Create Unique, Compelling Characters Through Mastery of Point of View
Craft Vibrant Characters and an Intimate Reading Experience
The key to excellent fiction lies in its characters: the unforgettable protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters who populate the world of your story. Understanding and effectively using point of view allows you to write a powerful narrative that draws readers in and engages them with characters in a meaningful way. Through a blend of practical instruction, useful examples, and helpful exercises, Writing the Intimate Character shows you how to create the experience of living through a character rather than just reading about one.
Inside, you’ll learn:
- The functions and benefits of first-person, third-person intimate, omniscient, and second-person points of view.
- How to apply character cues–specific behaviors, sensory perceptions, dialogue, and visual imagery–to develop a realistic protagonist and secondary cast.
- The surface and subset feelings that get to the root of your character’s emotions.
- How different viewpoints affect the story you want to tell.
Writing the Intimate Character helps you craft a novel in which readers can experience your characters’ senses, dive inside their minds, and truly feel their emotions.