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I'm going to keep Characters & Viewpoint on my little shelf of excellent writing books. Reading it was immediately helpful with some fretting I was doing about my current set of characters, but more importantly, it seems like this is the kind of book that I'll be able to read again next year, and grasp something that went over my head the first time, then again the following year, and so on.

Since the book was written in the late '80s, some of the references in it are a bit out of date--he mentions the show Moonlighting several times, for example, and if I were five years younger I wouldn't know what the hell he was talking about--but those bits are minor, so I'm going to say that I'd recommend this book to writers anywhere from absolute newbie level up to somewhere significantly above my level (and I will leave it to you to determine what that might be).

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ex_maehymn
Jan. 15th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
really, really quick---

i just read your stories and I LOVE THEM!!!! they are so awesome and they are page turners!! this isn't very constructive, but i just wanted you to know that you are fabulous and these stories are gems. i can't wait to read them again.
nayad
Jan. 15th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm very happy to hear that! :) :) :)

pisica
Jan. 15th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, those out of date pop culture references thoroughly annoyed me. I mean, I'm not saying that writers can't watch tv, but I want literary references, not tv ones, in a book for writers. And tv dates far more quickly!
brad_beaulieu
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
I agree. That's one of my top five books on writing. Speaking of, I should really dig it up and give it another read...
matt_betts
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)

I got 'Notes To a Science Fiction Writer' by Ben Bova at a library book sale not too long ago. Its from 1975. Luckily, he doesn't make a whole lot of references that I can remember.

Its a really simple little book. He uses examples of his own work to illustrate his points along the way, which really helped. Sometimes those stories went a little long and I wanted to get back to the task at hand. It was a fairly short book, so it was a quick read.

Don't think I'd put it on my permanent writing book shelf, though.

Is it wrong that I just got Moonlighting seasons 1 & 2 on dvd?
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