• Characters,  Work-In-Progress

    Lions and Tigers and Bears

    Okay, so a person or three might remember a post of unknown name sometime last year in which I was freaking out over having a first person story on my plate for the first time in well, awhile. Not one who likes to be defeated, I decided I would accept the universe’s challenge and take on the onslaught of first person POV stories that it was sending my way. First I tried with a futuristic fantasy, but for reasons that won’t fit on this page, that story is still onĀ hold. (It has nothing to do with the POV though.) So I tried again with my NaNo ’13 project. Um…didn’t finish…

  • Characters,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    Adventures In 1st Person Land…

    For the first time ever, I’ve felt compelled to write in 1st person. Now, I have written in 1st person, but the last time was over a decade ago. I hadn’t been writing just too long and was all about experimenting with different techniques and styles and what not. I started writing in third exclusively after that last foray into first person because I love multiple viewpoint stories and it seemed to work well for me as a writer. But I admit, what I personally like best is not always what’s best for the story. Fast forward some years. Tried my first third person limited to one POV story (seriously,…

  • Fun,  Tips

    On Points-of-View…

    For some people choosing a Point-of-View and a narrator are super simple. For others…maybe not so much. You have to do what’s best for the story, but you also have to do what’s best for you as writer. If a character in your story is like, “Hey, pick 1st person,” but you’re like, “Um, but somebody else needs to talk too,” find some common ground and marry the two, usually a split 3rd person limited POV. I say this because my thoughts naturally prance around from minute to minute. It’s not impossible for me to focus on just one character for an entire novel, but POVs limited to just one…