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Friday, September 14, 2012

Writing Better, Getting Published - Part 2

It is another day in the life of writer. Another day of sharing. Here is Part 2 of Viewpoints in Fiction:
2. The Repertorial Viewpoint.
This one is like the one posted in Part 1. But...with limits on what your reader can know. Instead of being given omniscient powers--knowing all things--you tell your reader only what the characters say and do. Your character's thoughts and feelings remain private. You can imply them by their actions. However, as with the omniscient viewpoint, a reader can travel throughout time and space at the author's discretion. Your reader might watch as the Tappan Zee Bridge is being built, then follow the actions of several characters in the work being done, then observe a church event that none of the characters in the tale has yet visited. These tales also use third person.
3. The Internal Character Viewpoint.
Here, the reader follows one character throughout the piece. Your reader sees what your character sees. Your reader is privy to what that character says, does, hears, feels and thinks. This tale can be written in first or third person.
4. The External Character viewpoint. 
Here the reader gets to follow a single character throughout the story. But, your reader cannot see inside your character's head. The reader's overt information is limited to what your character does and says -- but, their thoughts and feelings may be implied by their actions.
5. Multiple Viewpoints.
When a writer tells a story in multiple viewpoints, she is switching, at her discretion, from one character's point of view to another's.
Writing Tip:
"Be wary when you find a character slipping 'automatically' into a standard category -- Japanese immigrants, window washers, New York Jews, Yale alumni, etc. Remove them from the standard groove and give them their own identity." -- Scott Edelstein

Writing Quote:

"'I think they must have eaten each other all up,' said the very old woman, 'It's too bad!' 'But look!' said the very old man, and he pointed to a bunch of high grass. In it sat one little frightened kitten. They went out and picked it up. It was thin and scraggly.' -- from the book, "Millions of Cats," by Wanda Ga'g.

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