First or Third?

The most obvious difference between first-person/subjective and limited-omniscient/limited-third narration is that the first is I and the third is he/she/they which creates immediate distance from the characters. We had another ‘character’ the narrator/authorial voice relaying the characters’ thoughts. As I’ve mentioned before this separate entity is used as a reason to refer to an omniscient … Continue reading First or Third?

Writing at a Distance

There are two main types of third-person narration, omniscient and limited omniscient. In omniscient narration the narrator is an authorial voice separate from the characters and able to jump between them almost at will, think of Dickens. Whereas limited omniscient narration is closer to the character, while we still use he/she/they we limit ourselves to … Continue reading Writing at a Distance

Limiting Omniscience

This week we're heading off into the wilds of limited-omniscient narration. We'll be looking at what we mean by limited omniscient narration, writing at varying distances and why it's different from first-person/subjective. Monday - Writing at a Distance, What is limited omniscient narration? Tuesday - First or Third? Considering differences and similarities. Wednesday - Can't or Cannot? To be formal or … Continue reading Limiting Omniscience

A Word on Word Lists

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria: The First Draft and the version of Hysteria published … Continue reading A Word on Word Lists

Doing Dialogue

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the … Continue reading Doing Dialogue

Making Movement

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the … Continue reading Making Movement

Getting Informative

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the version of … Continue reading Getting Informative

Figuring Out the Story

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the version of … Continue reading Figuring Out the Story

Hysteria: The First Draft

WARNING: Rude metaphors ahead. This is the original introduction to the world of Victorian Mistress, completely unedited and not even checked for typos. I was asked about my self-editing method and the easiest way to explain it seemed to be to post an example of my unedited work to compare to an edited example. NOTE: … Continue reading Hysteria: The First Draft

Elements of Editing

I'm back and this week I'm answering a question that came via twitter about how I self-edit. Now I think it's important to emphasis that while this week's articles are about editing they are about my personal approach. This doesn't mean you can't pick up some tricks from it, I simply want to be clear … Continue reading Elements of Editing