I'm curious. How many of you read books to help you with the craft of writing? I have a few. Some I've skimmed through, some I've devoured in a few days. My favorite one so far is simply titled Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card. I read it entirely before I started working on my character sketches. Now, many of you may be pros at creating characters, but remember, I'm brand new at this. So, for a beginner, this book is a great resource to have.
This book really got me thinking out of the box. It forces you to dig below the surface with your characters, to really examine what makes them tick. It brought up things I had never considered. The section on constructing characters has great tips to help you on your quest to create a character that everyone will love (or hate if it's the villain). I also liked the fact that Card used examples from books and movies in addition to making up his own examples to help you "see" what he's talking about.
So, do any of you have writing books that are helpful? Please share in the comments!