Suddenly… Revisited

As mentioned in the previous article one of the functions of the paragraph is to change time and subject. A common way to do this is to drop in a ‘suddenly’ but, going back to the rule of repetition, too many appearances of ‘suddenly’ draws attention to it and not everything can happen suddenly. This … Continue reading Suddenly… Revisited


Antagonistic Adverbs Revisited

What is an adverb? It’s a word that contextualises the word it's attached to such as, ‘they said angrily’. By using ‘angrily’ we how they are speaking. When we're discussing adverbs in our fiction writing we generally mean a word with ‘ly’ on the end, though not all adverbs have 'ly' on the end. For example a person can … Continue reading Antagonistic Adverbs Revisited

Putting the Reader in the Story Revisited

Second person is a difficult and rarely used one; in simple terms second person is ‘you’, so you put the reader in the story as a character. There was a trend a few years ago that I recall where there were books that used the second person and allowed the reader to pick the ending by … Continue reading Putting the Reader in the Story Revisited

High Above it All Revisited

Omniscient narration is where the writer can pop in and out of characters’ heads as they please and it’s one I find can be problematic because with omniscient narration it can be too easy to give too much away too soon. This, I think, can be a particular hazard when starting out writing and appears … Continue reading High Above it All Revisited

Thoughts in the Third Revisited

Third-person breaks down into two main categories: limited omniscient, where the writer focuses on one character but tells the story from outside their head, and omniscient, where the writer can flit between characters while telling the story from a supposedly detached perspective. So, when you’re writing limited omniscient it’s he/she/they but you’re confined to that … Continue reading Thoughts in the Third Revisited

I Speak Therefore I’m Unreliable Revisited

Originally I was going to try to write about all the different perspectives in one article but it was long and jumbled and didn’t work so I decided to break them up and focus on one at a time. As my Weekly Serial is written in first-person/subjective narration that seemed like a good one to … Continue reading I Speak Therefore I’m Unreliable Revisited

Picking a Perspective

This week we're looking at the basics of different types of perspective in fiction Monday - I Speak Therefore I'm Unreliable, first person narration. Tuesday - Thoughts in the Third, limited omniscient narration. Wednesday - High Above it All, omniscient narration. Thursday - Putting the Reader in the Story, second person narration. Friday - A Note … Continue reading Picking a Perspective

Mentioning Memory Revisited

The internal monologue can also be used to fill in backstory and introduce memories. I list the separately because we can fill in backstory without showing memories or we can show memories to fill in backstory. When I say ‘show memories’ I refer to flashbacks rather than simply telling the reader about the memory. For … Continue reading Mentioning Memory Revisited

Gap Between Thought and Truth Revisited

As we’ve already mentioned when we’re using internal monologue we don’t have to be entirely truthful, this can be the gap between truth and interpretation, a selective truth or even an outright lie. Internal monologue may be assumed to be the truth on the basis that it is the character’s thoughts, but if internal monologue … Continue reading Gap Between Thought and Truth Revisited

How’d You Like The Wallpaper? Revisited

As we mentioned before internal monologue can relate to the character’s surroundings, it can prompt opinion, memory and sensory experience. Alternatively we can use internal monologue to prompt description of the surroundings. Writers have told me that they struggle with describing settings that are familiar to the character even before the story starts because they … Continue reading How’d You Like The Wallpaper? Revisited