All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This audiobook explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story. Using examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code, Bernhardt discusses the art of character creation in a direct and easily comprehended manner. The audiobook also includes exercises designed to help writers apply these ideas to their own work.
William Bernhardt is the author of more than thirty novels, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of legal thrillers. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. His programs have educated many authors now published by major houses. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large."
The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done, and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.
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I give this a marginal thumbs up because it contains some good tips on character development and there aren't a lot of audiobooks on the subject. The narrator is not really professional caliber and comes off as being a little full of himself, and there's too much opinionated filler. But, when he gets to the point, he offers some good insights and advice that were helpful for me.
I know so little about creating a character for a book, that I, probably, cannot yet fully appreciate the advice William Bernhardt gives. The process is still quite hazy for me, although I gained lots of great advice from this slim, yet informative volume. I will continue exploring the Red Sneaker series on writing.
Bernhardt's lessons and advice for the novelist or aspiring novelist are excellent. His approach is witty, engaging and concise.
William Bernhardt is giving voice to his nonfiction book so there are no characters.
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