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Editor’s Corner: 101.18

Oh I just love this post. I have always written from the third person, and for this reason, because I just can’t help experimenting, I am now writing in the first person. It is such a different experience. What you can’t say or know about someone else is a really interesting challenge and definitely takes a story along a completely unexpected route when so much must be inferred. Brava Shawn…another great post!

MacKENZIE's Dragon's Nest

Point of View
Part I: First Person Narrative – Into the “I” of the Storm

There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.

Scribe smallCaveat lector: It’s 90 degrees here with nary a breath of wind and that has a tendency to turn even this Dragon’s mind to mush. So if I meander more than usual, bear with me. In an effort to mitigate such  rambling, I thought I’d proceed logically (for a change) from last week’s discussion of tense to a brief exploration of point of view.

What, more choices? Yes, sorry about that. Can’t be avoided, I’m afraid. Writing is all about choices.

point-of-viewAt least with point of view the menu is limited: First or third person, objective, limited omniscient, or all-out-dice-with-the-universe omniscient. Second-person POV, though rather common in poetry and song lyrics, is almost never used in fiction. (Personally, I think it…

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

5 comments on “Editor’s Corner: 101.18

  1. Shawn MacKENZIE
    July 16, 2013

    Thank you for the reblog, Niamh. Hope things are cooler across the Pond. 🙂


    • ontheplumtree
      July 16, 2013

      No Shawn, they are not cooler. Boiling! I have amended my introduction here as I came in late and am just catching up with myself.


      • Shawn MacKENZIE
        July 16, 2013

        I understand. Another 90 degrees here in the Green Mts. Not usual, by any means, yet I am so glad I don’t live in the southwest where it’s been topping 100 for days. Time to call in the Ice Dragons!
        Keep as cool as you can…


  2. C.C.Cole (@gastarbooks)
    July 16, 2013

    Great post! Love the dragon!


    July 17, 2013

    We are in the desert at 122.. Ice dragons would be so welcome.
    Thank you again Shawn for explaining things in a simple way and with so much fun. Looking forward to the rest of it .


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