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2/8/2014: Plotting Through the Middle

1/18/2014: Who's Telling The Story?

1/21/2013: Supporting Characters

8/1/2012: The Ins and Outs of Publishing

7/1/2012: Plotting Along

6/1/2012: Advice for Aspiring Writers


Letters from the Editor
Who's Telling The Story?
Persona
As taught by The Writers Studio (http://www.writerstudio.com),the persona is the identity of the person telling the story – distinct from theperson who is writing the story (the author). This is particularly useful whenusing events from your own life – it helps distance you from those events andlook at them more objectively.
Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Narrative Distance
The conscious or unconscious insertion of an invisible narrator between the POVC and the reader.
Characteristics of Deep POV
  1. Eliminates narrative distance.
  2. Is always immediate.
  3. Is not a string of internal monologue.
  4. Is not italicized.
  5. Will eliminate most, if not all, problems with show/don’t tell.
  6. Will not allow lazy characterization.
  7. Polishes the voice of the POV character.
  8. Expert user will know there are times to "tell."
Evaluate your work in progress:
  1. At any time, do I violate basic POV by inserting comments that the POVC cannot know?
  2. What tense — past, present, or future — am I using to tell the story?
  3. Why have I selected this tense?  Is it best serving my story? Why or why not?
  4. Do I ever slip from one tense into another, such as moving from third person into second person by use of the word "you" in my narrative?
  5. What person am I using to tell the story?
  6. Why did I select this person?
  7. If I have chosen more than one person, does the mixture best serve my story? Why or why not?
Narrative Point of View
First Person – story relayed by narrator who is also a character.

Second Person – narrator refers to the reader as "you."

Third Person
Subjective – narrator is limited to one character’s thoughts and feelings

Objective – narrator does not describe any of the character’s thoughts or feelings

Omniscient – narrator knows what all characters are thinking and feeling
Narrative VoiceStream-of-Conscious – replicate thought process

Character – directly involved in the plot

Epistolary – series of letters or documents
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