website statistics Writing Vivid Characters: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors - PDF Books Online
Hot Best Seller

Writing Vivid Characters: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors

Availability: Ready to download

Do you want to create compelling characters about whom the readers care deeply? This book reveals professional techniques to invent individuals who are so real that your readers will love or hate, fear or root for them, and so fascinating that your readers will remember them forever.


Compare

Do you want to create compelling characters about whom the readers care deeply? This book reveals professional techniques to invent individuals who are so real that your readers will love or hate, fear or root for them, and so fascinating that your readers will remember them forever.

30 review for Writing Vivid Characters: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (The Novel Lush)

    Offensive garbage Hard pass. This book is full of advice that is racist and ableist, as well as tone deaf and just plain lazy. She tells you to make your characters likable by making them disabled and garnering sympathy. But don't have them complain about their disability because no one cares. The 'author' also tells you that hey, do you have editors, publishers and minorities breathing down your neck about your books being white washed? Just change the characters names from John, Bill, Susan, Ms Offensive garbage Hard pass. This book is full of advice that is racist and ableist, as well as tone deaf and just plain lazy. She tells you to make your characters likable by making them disabled and garnering sympathy. But don't have them complain about their disability because no one cares. The 'author' also tells you that hey, do you have editors, publishers and minorities breathing down your neck about your books being white washed? Just change the characters names from John, Bill, Susan, Ms. Jones and Dr. Willborough to Abdul, Sergej, Sunita and Dr. Wong. Ta da! Instant diversity. A subsequent quote from the book: "For a more significant change, pick one of the major characters- perhaps the MC's sidekick- and give him a different ethnicity. Consider what it means to belong to a minority in this society [...] or does he actually get advantages as the token ethnic person in 'politically correct' contexts, or because people imagine that everyone of his race has remarkable talent." TRASH. Trash words by a trash person, who, when told people were finding her work offensive, typed "LOL" and said that people "who want to take offense at something will always find something to take offense at." She's churning out these books for money, without having published anything else that was widely/successfully circulated, and without any great character references except for unknowns from her own books, and people are following this terrible lazy ass advice. Ugh.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    I've seen multiple screenshots of pages from this book on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sabinapost/status...) that strike me as just appallingly ableist and racist, from a book that just isn't that old. The author has been politely informed on her own Twitter that she might want to review her material and re-think, and has responded dismissively and in a tone I would be embarrassed to hear my 12 year old use if he was informed he'd hurt someone's feelings. That's what I think people miss when the I've seen multiple screenshots of pages from this book on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sabinapost/status...) that strike me as just appallingly ableist and racist, from a book that just isn't that old. The author has been politely informed on her own Twitter that she might want to review her material and re-think, and has responded dismissively and in a tone I would be embarrassed to hear my 12 year old use if he was informed he'd hurt someone's feelings. That's what I think people miss when they classify people reacting negatively to portrayals of people *just like themselves* as "being offended." Being offended isn't a hobby folks are running around doing for fun. They speak up because it *hurts* to see yourself constantly portrayed in media in a negative way. So when a writing craft book actually recommends strategies for portraying characters that are likely to produce *more* negative portrayals, it's entirely appropriate for prospective customers to ask the writer to re-evaluate their advice. And if you are a good person and someone says "ouch, you stepped on my foot," you don't respond with the equivalent of "lol, some people are always looking for something to complain about."

  3. 5 out of 5

    David

    Contains perhaps the worst, most privileged take on "writing the Other" I've ever seen. Reprehensible advice that is hurtful to people of color or from other underrepresented groups. Such open, ill-advised, unreflexive, ingrained, systemic, privileged ableism and racism is frankly startling to read on the page. I have seldom see someone express the appropriating nature of White folks' "diversity" efforts so shamefacedly. Contains perhaps the worst, most privileged take on "writing the Other" I've ever seen. Reprehensible advice that is hurtful to people of color or from other underrepresented groups. Such open, ill-advised, unreflexive, ingrained, systemic, privileged ableism and racism is frankly startling to read on the page. I have seldom see someone express the appropriating nature of White folks' "diversity" efforts so shamefacedly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karrar

    The book was amazing and cover every part you may need in crafting your characters. It will give you many ideas and quick fix to the problems you may face while writing and crafting your novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Edwards

    This is disgusting. First there are suggestions regarding ableism; disgusting ways to garner "sympathy". Than how to fake diversity; including hurtful stereotypes! This is disgusting. First there are suggestions regarding ableism; disgusting ways to garner "sympathy". Than how to fake diversity; including hurtful stereotypes!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes

    Great insight As with all Rayne’s books I found her techniques and style very insightful and entertaining. After my first time reading her books my editor made comment on the improvement of my writing. I cant recommend Rayne’s books enough.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Binks

    DO NOT READ OR TAKE ADVICE FROM THIS BOOK!! The advice is offensive and the author is racist and ableist. We all tried pointing out her mistakes on Twitter and she blocked us and ignored the blatant discrimination against marginalized persons. What's even sadder is the fact that I supported her and was a frequent reader of her other titles. FOR SHAME!!! I will be tossing her books in the trash and deleting the ebooks. DO NOT READ OR TAKE ADVICE FROM THIS BOOK!! The advice is offensive and the author is racist and ableist. We all tried pointing out her mistakes on Twitter and she blocked us and ignored the blatant discrimination against marginalized persons. What's even sadder is the fact that I supported her and was a frequent reader of her other titles. FOR SHAME!!! I will be tossing her books in the trash and deleting the ebooks.

  8. 4 out of 5

    SPN

    Racist and ableist passages to the point where you feel gross reading it, so it was a DNF. The author also uses outdated language which shows just how much she's not equipped to even touch diversity. Racist and ableist passages to the point where you feel gross reading it, so it was a DNF. The author also uses outdated language which shows just how much she's not equipped to even touch diversity.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paul III

    I found this book very helpful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katia M. Davis

    Always good I've always found the Writer's Craft series useful, whether I want some general advice or need to drill down to the nitty gritty of a specific problem. I have several of them in print and have discovered the others on Kindle Unlimited so I am well pleased. This particular volume concentrates on creating three dimensional characters who leap off the page to the reader, or are so real they essentially write themselves. There are plenty of examples and a variety of writing exercises to g Always good I've always found the Writer's Craft series useful, whether I want some general advice or need to drill down to the nitty gritty of a specific problem. I have several of them in print and have discovered the others on Kindle Unlimited so I am well pleased. This particular volume concentrates on creating three dimensional characters who leap off the page to the reader, or are so real they essentially write themselves. There are plenty of examples and a variety of writing exercises to get the creativity flowing. While this is a quick read, if you use it properly, you will have hours of immersive fun making the people in your head speak to you and show you who they are. Noone likes to read a story or novel where the characters are flat, boring, and can't express themselves or interact with others. A reader will either stop reading or write a scathing review. This is an excellent resource.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Amber

    Writing Vivid Characters is a non-fiction guide to help writers create compelling characters about whom the reader really cares. Rayne Hall gives you some deep, soul searching methods to make your characters feel real, fascinating and memorable, long after the book has ended. If you are at a loss as to how to develop characters, but yearn for them to become your reader’s next best friend, then this book offers you many tools. There is advice on: the number of characters a book could have, their n Writing Vivid Characters is a non-fiction guide to help writers create compelling characters about whom the reader really cares. Rayne Hall gives you some deep, soul searching methods to make your characters feel real, fascinating and memorable, long after the book has ended. If you are at a loss as to how to develop characters, but yearn for them to become your reader’s next best friend, then this book offers you many tools. There is advice on: the number of characters a book could have, their name choices, roles and methods to decide if the character enriches the story enough for you to keep or cut them. Rayne suggests some serious role play may be the answer if ever you’ve had feedback with phrases like these: a too-large cast of characters, I didn’t connect with the protagonist, I didn’t care about what happened, I found myself skipping the boring bits. A useful book for aspiring writers and ideal to read alongside another of Rayne’s Writer’s Craft books, Writing Deep Point Of View.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tristan

    This is a compendium of suggestions for making characters more believable and relatable. It is not as advanced as it claims to be, as the suggestions are somewhat hackneyed. These suggestions are rather safe, middle of the road, possibly shallow, but nevertheless it is useful to have a resource to make a start on refining certain points. Most of the suggestions are common sense, relating to providing characters with rounded personalities with depth that works with the plot rather than against it This is a compendium of suggestions for making characters more believable and relatable. It is not as advanced as it claims to be, as the suggestions are somewhat hackneyed. These suggestions are rather safe, middle of the road, possibly shallow, but nevertheless it is useful to have a resource to make a start on refining certain points. Most of the suggestions are common sense, relating to providing characters with rounded personalities with depth that works with the plot rather than against it. It is interesting that the author relates as a common problem the rebellion of characters against their assigned role in the plot. This happens often in my writing. However, the author offers no solution other than negotiating changes to the plot to suit the character, and changes to the character to return to the plot. If only it was that simple.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Fesmire

    Once again, Rayne Hall nails it with a handy book for intermediate to advanced level writers. In here, you'll learn advanced techniques for creating believable characters that will grip the imagination of your readers. It will help you get an idea of how much you really need to know about each character, and it presents some fun techniques for finding the characters who will best suit the story you want to tell. I honestly don't want to give anything away. If you write fiction, just get this book. Once again, Rayne Hall nails it with a handy book for intermediate to advanced level writers. In here, you'll learn advanced techniques for creating believable characters that will grip the imagination of your readers. It will help you get an idea of how much you really need to know about each character, and it presents some fun techniques for finding the characters who will best suit the story you want to tell. I honestly don't want to give anything away. If you write fiction, just get this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Peter Dennett

    Absolute necessity If you are a writer or learning the art then this book is a must read. The ideas you get are priceless. I've already added details and it has forced me to change my villain. I love the unique style, addressing your characters as real people instead of two dimensional inventions. It will help you create living people that are truly memorable. Learn the lessons given here and you will be well on your way to writing a story with depth and a sense of reality. Absolute necessity If you are a writer or learning the art then this book is a must read. The ideas you get are priceless. I've already added details and it has forced me to change my villain. I love the unique style, addressing your characters as real people instead of two dimensional inventions. It will help you create living people that are truly memorable. Learn the lessons given here and you will be well on your way to writing a story with depth and a sense of reality.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    Direct and to the point. I'd recommend this read to any aspiring writer. A lot of good advice is contained in this little book. Even though I have a good idea and experience in how to create a character, having it all spelled out was a helpful reminder for me to cover all the bases. Thank you, Rayne Hall, for the techniques you shared. Direct and to the point. I'd recommend this read to any aspiring writer. A lot of good advice is contained in this little book. Even though I have a good idea and experience in how to create a character, having it all spelled out was a helpful reminder for me to cover all the bases. Thank you, Rayne Hall, for the techniques you shared.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gary Khan

    Great practical tips Rayne Hall breaks up the points necessary to enrich your characterisation with great skill. The tips are helpful and the assignments at the end of each chapter are great fun but also push you to develop your writing ability. This is the second Rayne Hall book I am reading and once again she covers the topic unlike any other author I have come across.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Higgins

    More valuable than character sheets I’ve been trying to find more technical, less theoretical writing advice and stumbled upon Hall’s series. This one had some interesting lessons and exercises that I’ll be using. The later chapters might be interesting for others, but I felt they were fluff.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ðébora

    I really enjoyed this book. It's short, concise and straight to the point. It says more than a lot of longer books on the craft of writing that are mostly filler and no useful information. It also gives really helpful advice for anyone wanting to write better characters. I really enjoyed this book. It's short, concise and straight to the point. It says more than a lot of longer books on the craft of writing that are mostly filler and no useful information. It also gives really helpful advice for anyone wanting to write better characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sieglinde

    This book contains lots of useful tips on a wide variety of aspects relating to the creation and development of fictional characters. It also includes helpful examples and suggested exercises that the reader can try to practice.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    Packed with great info This book was chuck-full of great stuff. Exercises, examples and easy-to-understand instruction. I learned a lot about how to improve my characters, something every fiction writer can do.

  21. 5 out of 5

    James Bauguss

    Very helpful and quick Does not reinvent the wheel but offers some fresh insight and inspirational advice in an entertaining, easy to absorb manner. I enjoyed the discussion of the author’s own characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I really enjoy this series of bite-size books when I splurge on Kindle Unlimited. A lot of it is obvious, but none of it is padded and there's always something that unsticks whatever I'm working on. This one was particularly good. I really enjoy this series of bite-size books when I splurge on Kindle Unlimited. A lot of it is obvious, but none of it is padded and there's always something that unsticks whatever I'm working on. This one was particularly good.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Terry N Taylor

    Get this book! All a writer needs is this book and a piece of paper to write as a professional! If you follow Rayne's advice then you can create great characters that will propel your work to the next level. Get this book! All a writer needs is this book and a piece of paper to write as a professional! If you follow Rayne's advice then you can create great characters that will propel your work to the next level.

  24. 4 out of 5

    John P Green

    Rayne Hall always delivers. This contribution to the writing craft is excellent, very readable and thought provoking. Get it to keep you on your toes!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Walker

    Love this entire series. Rayne gives great tips. These books have taught me how to improve my writing skills.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Willson

    Any books by Hall are well worth the money and a must for any writer!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lowel Goss

    Apple Pie As hot as an apple pie fresh out of the oven! Another great read that is just as tasty as all of her other great books. Really gets the imagination flowing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Garcia

    This book is really helpful in giving tips on vivid characters. I recommend at least giving it a read. It's not everything that goes into creating characters, but offers a really good blueprint. This book is really helpful in giving tips on vivid characters. I recommend at least giving it a read. It's not everything that goes into creating characters, but offers a really good blueprint.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Kincaid

    Every Rayne Hall book is worth a read. Highly recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ariane "Akoply" Soon

    This book is good. It teaches how to write great characters and it teaches well. It's concise, to the point, and organized. I'll admit, I was a little in doubt when I saw how thin the book was, but the wisdom inside made up for how scrawny it seemed. Some of the exercises and techniques did seem a little weird or extreme. But when I tried them, they actually worked, some more than others. I liked how the author put an example at the end of each chapter. I know a lot of authors do this, but it was n This book is good. It teaches how to write great characters and it teaches well. It's concise, to the point, and organized. I'll admit, I was a little in doubt when I saw how thin the book was, but the wisdom inside made up for how scrawny it seemed. Some of the exercises and techniques did seem a little weird or extreme. But when I tried them, they actually worked, some more than others. I liked how the author put an example at the end of each chapter. I know a lot of authors do this, but it was nice to see the techniques used right. Now on to the thing(s) I didn't really like. I didn't like that this book held exclusively advance techniques. Even though I'd already knew the basics, it would have been nice to have them just as a refresher in case I'd forgotten anything. I don't like how short this book is. I really wish it talked about antagonists (I know that there's a separate book on that), or character arcs, or just anything that goes more in-depth, because right now it just covers one part of making a great character. In conclusion, this book is fairly helpful. It has little to offer, but what it does offer is quite good. For me, the real gems are the chapters 6 and 7. I recommend this to intermediate and beginning writers, like me. This book is a tad too basic for advanced writers.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.