THE ART OF CHARACTERCreating Memorable Characters, for Fiction, Film and TV
"The Art of Character is a writer's bible that will lead to your character's soul."
"David Corbett has written a wise, inspiring love letter to all the imaginary creatures inside our minds."
"Indispensable. Few are the writer's guides that are written as beautifully, cogently, and intelligently as a well-wrought novel. This is one of those books."
THE ART OF CHARACTER is destined to become the one desktop reference every writer requires on the craft of characterization.
THE ART OF CHARACTER delves deeply and thoughtfully into the human heart of characterization, showing students and readers how to plumb the rich source material in their own lives and the world around them to fashion credible, compelling characters. No book on character has ever addressed this material as profoundly, extensively or pragmatically.
Most importantly, unlike mere craft manuals and how-to books, THE ART OF CHARACTER is elegantly written: a thoughtful, literate gem. It is a gratifying and illuminating—a delight to read—and will not just instruct but inspire.
Corbett, a New York Times Notable Author of four critically acclaimed novels praised specifically for their vivid, compelling and realistic characters, is singularly qualified to address the issue of characterization; he has taught to enthusiastic student response for years at some of the most prestigious writing programs in the country, including the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, The San Francisco Writers Grotto, 826 Valencia, and Chuck Palahniuk's Litreactor, as well as at numerous conferences and through Book Passage, one of the country's premier independent bookstores.
Penguin Books, Paperback, January 2013, ISBN-13: 978-0143121572
David discusses The Art of Character at Samuel French Bookstore in Los Angeles, March 12th, 2013:
ADDITIONAL PRAISE FOR THE ART OF CHARACTER
"David Corbett has written a wise, inspiring love letter to all the imaginary creatures inside our minds—so we might conjure them whole on the page.
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"This act of generosity and wisdom from a very good writer will help anyone who is staring at a blank page, any day, any time.
"David Corbett's The Art of Character offers a deep inquiry into the creation of character for the novice writer, with valuable nuggets of wisdom for the seasoned storyteller. If you are a writer, it should be on your desk."
"The topic of character development begins and ends with David Corbett's The Art of Character. This is the book on the subject, destined to stand among the writings of John Gardner, Joseph Campbell, and the others of that select few whose work is fundamental to understanding the craft of storytelling."
"David Corbett has combined his unique talents as a gifted writer and an extraordinary teacher to create a superb resource on character development. Deftly crafted and impeccably researched, The Art of Character is a thoughtful and insightful book that is immensely readable and practical. Suitable for beginners to best-selling authors, The Art of Character should be on every serious writer's shelf next to Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, and Stephen King's On Writing. Highly recommended."
"It is rare to find the deep philosophical questions of literature (and life) met with such straight-forward and inspiring instruction. But David Corbett is that writer, and The Art of Character is that book."
"This fine book is about as thorough an examination of character and what it means in all sorts of imaginative writing as you're likely to find anywhere. A terrific starting place for those who wish to sharpen or enhance their skill at making sharp, believable, meaningful characters, it also has practical uses that go far beyond the ordinary creative writing text. This is an exploration of the phenomenon of character—in as wide a variety of fiction and drama as there is. It will help any writer create and sustain human beings who make you forget you're reading, who are alive, who are worthy of our attention and sympathy."
"Writers—pay attention! The Art of Character is a tremendously useful and important book. David Corbett delivers in-depth analysis and practical wisdom on every page."