A Biased Perspective

When we’re describing characters, particularly if we’re writing a first-person/subjective narrator or a limited third-person/limited omniscient narrative voice, that one character’s view of another will be biased. It’s unlikely two characters will agree on what’s attractive, one person’s idea of size is different from another’s, and there’s one character’s emotional connection to another affects how … Continue reading A Biased Perspective

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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

The Fallible First-Person

The first-person/subjective narrator can be a tricky one. What makes it so tricky us that the narration has to match the voice of the character who's narrating and we can only see what the narrator sees. Original Article From Picking a Perspective: I Speak Therefore I'm Unreliable Centre Stage: The Sight Unseen Narrative Within Narrative … Continue reading The Fallible First-Person

Bringing it all Together

So we know what our narrator knows, we know what they think they know, we know what they need to find out at we’ve been dropping the hints, but how do we bring it all together? If there’s something the first-person narrator needs to know or motivations they need to figure out how are we … Continue reading Bringing it all Together

Whoa! Wait a Minute

We’ve discussed backstory (here and here) before but when we’re considering the backstory revealed by the first-person narrator we have to be very careful to consider how much of this backstory and motivations because there are things the narrator simply won’t know. As we discussed last week there’s things they know and things they think they … Continue reading Whoa! Wait a Minute

Dropping Hints

As we’re writing a first-person/subjective narrator we can hint at the narrator’s past relationship or great knowledge with asides rather than outright telling the reader what they know. A basic aside might be ‘I’d heard that before’, do they mean in a general sense or from that character in particular? We don’t have to tell … Continue reading Dropping Hints

Gathering the Goods

We’ve already discussed what other characters might tell the narrator as if they were facts, but as I said this isn’t always so. Other characters have motivations and opinions too which could be as simple as dislike for the person they’re telling the narrator about to something more complicated but this will affect what they … Continue reading Gathering the Goods