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
This post begins on a personal note. My Mum passed away, suddenly, last week. Mum got me writing, encouraged me to write – and was an avid reader of what I wrote. Including this blog, where her favourites were my science posts. Mum taught me to wonder about everything – about the way our curiosity fuels our… More Of the sense of wonder that casts light into the darkness
One of the first things an author has to do when setting up a story or novel is figure out the point of view. There are all sorts – first person singular, third person locked (which is essentially the same thing, sort of), third person multi, and ‘eye of god’. Selection needs a good deal… More Points of view for writers – first person singular
English is an amazing language. It has a vocabulary of over a million words, and counting. It got there by leeching many of them off other languages – Latin, Anglo Saxon (which produced some of my favourite words, except I don’t use them a lot on this blog), French, German, Scandinavian and so on. Basically,… More Cutesy neologisms needle me, sometimes
I’ve been reading Between Planets, one of Robert A Heinlein’s first ‘juveniles’ – the dozen YA novels he wrote from the late 1940s. It’s one of the few I didn’t catch up with as a kid. The thing is that, as a writer, Heinlein was up there with any other general American author of his… More Pondering on the stuff Robert A Heinlein invented
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…
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?