Posts Tagged ‘the seeds of time’

The Heart of POV

A while back, I posted on point of view (POV), a primer on what it’s all about and the basic navigation principles for mucking about with it. Read it here, and come back to this post, so you’ll have some grounding if POV trips you up sometimes.

As I said in that post, POV is about which characters’  heads you will enter in order to tell the story and how closely identified the narrator is with the POV. Thus if you’re using “I” to identify the person who is thinking, then the narrator is very immediate and you’re using the first person POV. If using “he/she,” you have stepped back a tiny bit in emotional distance and you’re using third person POV. (This does not diminish the emotional impact you can have. It’s the difference, say, between hearing a tale whispered in your ear or told around a campfire.) To me, there is a slightly voyeuristic aspect to the first person POV (using “I.”) It’s almost like reading a diary.

Note: when the third person POV ranges across several characters, sometimes it’s called the limited omniscient POV, meaning, really, the third person POV spread around.

The best point of view

Do you want your book to feel like a diary? Do you need more than one POV?  I dunno. There is no better or best POV. Look carefully at your favorite books, and those most similar to yours. What do readers expect? What is traditional and comforting to your core audience? And once you know that, ask yourself, what suits your story best regardless of custom? Read More…

“Kingdom Come” on Podcast

If you haven’t yet discovered Drabblecast, a podcast sight for “strange stories,” you must go there now. Norm Sherman is one of the best voices and actors in the business, and his renditions of these tales are something to behold. drabbleThey’ll do right by you if you’re thinking of pitching them for a story of your own. Stories under 3,000 words. Read More…

The Mundane and the Metaphorical

Much ado about Mundane Science Fiction. (See:  Wikipedia. )Here’s my take:

Mundane Science Fiction is a useful handle for sf stories of their type. What I don’t quite get is how Mundane Science Fiction (MSF) novels are better than, say, The Left Hand of Darkness or, say, The Sparrow.

As a caution against crappy sf, I like what the Mundane Science Fiction manifesto has to say. Glad someone said it.

My beef?

There is lots of crappy Mundane SF around too. There is no antidote for crappy stories, I believe, MSF included. Read More…