Last WW: Feel Free to Be Free
There are a lot of different point of views that one can take when writing a story. First Person, the less popular Second Person, and all the types of Third Person: Omniscient, Limited, and Multiple.
Different POVs are applicable and best for different situations. But, as limited as you may want to make the point of view in your story, you still have to explain a characters actions, of people will be confused. The last thing that you want is for the reader to be sitting around thinking:
Huh? That seems odd and unnatural. I can’t figure this character out at all. Now I’m frustrated and done reading.
Last Week’s WW: Fresh Eyes
Recently, I was having a conversation in which it was brought up that there is a standard, or at least, commonly seen way of writing. Often, stories take place in chronological order, without big time gaps, from one persons point of view. It was suggested that this was the easier way to do things, and that when you try to play around with that formula, it doesn’t always turn out pretty.
This seemed backwards to me. The majority of my writing (with the exception of Flash Fiction, because it’s difficult to fit different points of view and things into 1000 words), are told this, not quite wrong, way.
Most of my stories involve multiple protagonist. I am a big fan of an ensemble cast. In my most recent story, my book spanned 18 years and Otherworlders spans a few years, too.
I think that these things can be used to great effect, as long as their done well. Continue reading