Points of view for writers – third person locked

When it comes to writing fiction, the ‘point of view’ an author chooses counts for a great deal. Differing points of view have differing strengths for differing purposes. Today I’m looking at the locked third person. This is almost the same as first person singular, in that the entire story is told from the narrative… More Points of view for writers – third person locked

Cool ways for writers to control head-hopping…

One of the common pitfalls for novice novellists is ‘head hopping’, when the point of view changes from character to character within the same paragraph or sentence. Many ‘how to write’ lessons offered to novice writers involve stomping, quite hard, on the practise – and for good reason. It’s often confusing to the reader, and… More Cool ways for writers to control head-hopping…

Whatever happened to the heroes in science fiction?

One of the themes of my writing is the way ordinary people find the strength in themselves to do extraordinary things. It’s a real human thing – it’s how New Zealand’s ‘citizen armies’ achieved so much in both World Wars of the twentieth century. Everyday people – shopkeepers, labourers, clerks, drivers, teachers and so forth… More Whatever happened to the heroes in science fiction?