You may have noticed that I do a lot of character interviews. I won’t even try to deny it. I don’t even post all of them, so there’s even more than you imagined. Why? Character interviews are kind of my go-to device when I get stuck. Let me try to explain why…
Tuesday I am leaving for Missouri to pick up my son. We are driving the whole way there and back. Apparently they are advising military personnel to avoid commercial air travel due to heightened threat of attack on military members by terrorists.
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The dialog in Chapter 5 came out horribly. I was so busy trying to be clever that I completely failed at making it realistic. The conversation wanders all over the place, nobody gets to the point, and a couple of key revelations don’t even get made.
Because of this, I decided it was time to sit down with Llaewyn and have a little heart to heart chat with him. That is, as much as a human can have with a stuck up elf.
Warning: If you are still waiting to read chapter 5 (but didn’t already read the first draft), you might want to wait. Basically, if you don’t know who or what Llaewyn is, and want to find out the long way, skip the rest of this post.
Otherwise, read on for how it went.
I recently finished reading Elements of Fiction Writing – Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card. There was a lot of good character information in it that gave me good insight on characterization. I was less happy with his viewpoint section though. He didn’t manage to hide his disdain for anything that wasn’t close third person. He did cover other POV styles, such as first person and even second person. But it was apparent reading between the lines what he preferred.
One point he brought up that I am curious about is when he discussed first person(FP) POV. He considered it mandatory that the character describing the events in FP had to be telling the story as a recollection of events. It HAS to be something like a journal entry story, or retelling events to friends, or some other method that inserts a time gap between the events occurring and the events being told. Is this true? My story is being put into FP, but it isn’t within those parameters. I am starting to wonder if I’m still writing close third, and just using FP pronouns instead. That is, rather than saying she or he, I am saying I or me, but not changing enough of the voice.
I know most (not all) of my crit partners are writing their story in FP as well, and I don’t see it as following Card’s definition. Is he just plain old wrong on this one?
Share your thoughts! I do still recommend the book based on the characterization info. If I can figure out the loan-a-book thing, I might even be able to let someone borrow it.