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Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints
Nancy Kress
The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice
Todd Henry

Magic Street

Magic Street - Orson Scott Card OSC normally rocks. But this is the worst OSC book I've ever read. I think the main problem is that the plot isn't his (it's based on Shakespeare), so he had to work to get the characters to fit the framework of a story that isn't his to begin with. And the characters just weren't his normal style at all, which made them feel oddly written to me. Overall, without a plot or characters to get me into this, I couldn't keep reading and eventually gave up.