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

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

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

Jesse’s Studio Gets Internal

Whether writing first-person (subjective narration) or third-person (omniscient narration) your characters are going to have some thoughts. What are those thoughts? How do we get them thinking? And how do we avoid telling too much? This is the first collection of 2016 - 17 articles watch out for more collections coming soon. Getting Internal: What's … Continue reading Jesse’s Studio Gets Internal

What Do They Think They Know?

If we assume that what characters see and hear are facts, they may not always be but we’re keeping it simple, then how they interpret the ‘facts’ is what they think they know. When we’re writing a first-person/subjective narrative then we have to remember that the ‘truth’ and what the character thinks is the truth … Continue reading What Do They Think They Know?

What Do They Know?

The depiction of the other characters and the environment all depend on what the narrator knows, or think they know but we’ll come to that. What they know depends largely on what they see and what they’ve been told by other characters. While I’ve discussed the idea that what every character tells them depends on … Continue reading What Do They Know?

What’s Their Motive?

A first-person/subjective narrator always has a motive. As we discussed when a narrator learns things from other characters the story they are told affects what they learn. The same is true of the protagonist to reader dynamic. How a narrator wants to be perceived affects what they tell the reader and how they tell it, … Continue reading What’s Their Motive?