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Relaying Story Outside Of The Story (Prologues, etc.)

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

One thing I have discovered very quickly is that there are some people, be they writers of fiction or readers of the same, who hold some very illogical opinions. One such thing I find people very passionate about are the means though which an author should provide back-story.  More than a handful of people say really strange things on this topic.  Like, that they don’t read prologues because if it isn’t part of the “main” story then they are not interested, and that the author should give all information the reader requires during the course of the story.

This boggles my mind!  Because prologues always have been considered parts of the stories to which they belong.  Many famous and great works of fiction have prologues.  Are people who so ardently claim to be against prologues saying that when they read absolute classics like Romeo and Juliet that they skip the prologue?  Nonsense!  Silliness! Read more…

Found: The short story I wanted

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Ok. I have some good news. That short story I wanted to write? You know, the one that instead turned into tens of thousands of words and what appears to be a novel? Well, I have found it within the plot of what I am writing.

It is going to require some changes to the longer story I have been typing out, but I think those changes are going to be for the better. Most of those changes have to do with the way magic is used in the world and a little bit of tweaking of the world history as well. It is amazing how thinking out a small part of the story to make it into a short story of its own allows me to see better ways to do other things within the main story itself. It also solves a couple conundrums I have been having with certain plot points. Putting the ideas for this story down have clarified a lot of the problems.

What happened was I was just free writing and jotting down notes yesterday when I was brainstorming some interactions between two of the novel’s characters. Out popped the short story in the form of a monologue by one of them.

Having happened long before this particular story, of course this short story does not fit into the novel’s full framework. The character’s summary of events in the novel does not tell the whole story so here is the chance for me to do that now and add some depth to this particular character, a female elf whose perspective and actions are only viewed in “Dark Moon” through the POV of the main character. So it has what I think is the makings of a good short story to work on.

It has taken a while to get there. But I have gotten there.

Title not decided on yet. Working title to be come up with.

A Little Perspective

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Something I did not think about before was what perspective to use for my story.  Perspective is important.  It is how one tells a story.

I loathe 1st person narratives because they are so restrictive.  I know some people like them.  Just not me.  Seem like too many “I”s and ” me”s for my taste.

For me stories have always been told from some level of omnipotence or from a limited third person point of view.  Omnipotence can sometimes be as restrictive as 1st person.  If you don’t do it right, it makes it really hard to hide things from the reader that you do not want them to know and makes building suspense hard.

I like a more limited 3rd person PoV but depending on the story I start to write I think I will have to decide on this later.  I think the best thing to do is get a story set and then see how the story works and from which perspective.  Something organic and natural should arise.