Dear London in particular, Britain in general, and souls from various countries,
I am sorry for the news of the horrifying and tragic terror attack near the London Houses of Parliament which took place on the 22nd of March in 2017. The continuing radicalization which seems ongoing and and ruins lives of families, people, and creates distrust in communities and nations is a real shame. I hope that you heal and find strength through the support of your community and internationally. I know many of the authors which I have had the privilege to read the words of are greatly affected by this event. I am also part of your online community and want you to know that I care and hope that you feel safe and supported.
Scout - 25th of March, 2017
I'm a reader
I don't really write
I'm a girl
I read femslash
I live femslash
If I want straight shit I'll go to the library
I find irksome:"This chapter is kind of a filler". . . Thanks, thank you for telling me in an A/N before I read the chapter that it felt uneventful and expository without furthering the plot and then I have to not bother reading it until I can get it out of my head that it doesn't mean it's 'boring' just because it may have felt that way writing it. "[Name] POV" - If it's written well enough, the pov is obvious regardless of switching. "Flashback" - Can't it just say 'ten years ago' or something else besides that? Dream sex happening before the character have real sex in such a way that is exceedingly graphic; I think 'first time' dream sex should be somewhat vague and if there are details, then it shouldn't be the same when they have real-sex as in their super detailed imagined way, or are they clairvoyant? A long story build-up and then the author skipping over the first kiss: seriously!? Why build up the romance and then skip their first intimate kiss? Cliched first touch of hands leaving a 'shocking, tingling, electric, [insert adjective here]' feeling. Fluffy one-shots of established couple scenes (usually of 1.5k words or less) by authors who don't have epic length stories in the bank too. I want those one-shots as asides to a larger and more impressive body of work (search my favorite story list by 'word length' and see how things measure up). "The five times" somebody didn't do something and the one time they did: whatever gets the creative juices flowing, but I'm not reading it. "Based on a prompt" in the A/N before the chapter which spoils the plot. Asking/demanding for a certain number of reviews before updating: aka holding chapters hostage contingent upon review numbers. This is especially annoying demands of ego-stroking when I'm reading a story that was finished/hiatus/abandoned and have to skim past their complaints about review numbers; numbers don't count, good quality reviews do. And I usually am reviewing every or many chapters despite the story being 'finished' a long time ago. As soon as I see something like that in an A/N, I stop reviewing and have started letting the authors know it. Or maybe giving one word reviews, like all those numbers of reviews they're counting, if I'm in an especially annoyed and tired, therefore grumpy mood. I'm going to stop here, until I can come up with a list of things that I find wonderful - It's a glass-half-empty kind of day.
Point of View and Narrative Voice
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Seeing and Speaking
Many Points of View
The First Person
There are some important things to consider when writing in first person, though. First of all, you need to decide how this story is being told. Is the character writing it down? Telling it out loud? Thinking it to their self? And if they are writing it down, is it something meant to be read by the public? Or is it a private diary? A story meant for one other person? The way the first person narrator is relating the story will affect how you write it, the language you choose, the length of your sentences, your tone of voice and many other things. The reader should have at least some sense of this as well. The way they interpret a story could be very different if it is told as a secret diary or if it is a public statement.
Another aspect to think about is how much time has elapsed between when the character experienced the events of the story and when they decided to tell them. If only a few days have passed, the story could be related very differently than if the character was reflecting on events of the distant past. Also think about why the character is telling the story. What is their motivation? Are they just trying to clear up events for their own peace of mind? Make a confession about a wrong they did? Or tell a good adventure tale to their beer-guzzling friends? The reason why a story is told will also affect how it is written, and you at least should know the answer, even if it never makes its way into the text. And not only Why? but Why now?
A first person narrative is often more effective when it is a first person narrator telling someone else's story (in other words, when the narrator is not the main character). This allows a certain distance between the narrator and the events which is impossible for the main character. On the other hand, the inability to see the bigger picture can sometimes be exploited to good effect. Whether or not your narrator is actually telling the truth is another big question (and one your readers will ask, so you'd best think about it, too).
First Person Protagonist: For this point of view, a character relates events that occurred to them; the "I" is the main character, telling her or his own story.
First Person Witness: The story of the main character is told by another character observing the events.
First Person Re-teller: The story is told, not by a witness to the events, but by someone who has heard the story from yet another person.
The Second Person
The Third Person
When a writer is turning personal experiences into fiction, it is often easier to write in third person (even if they intend to put the final draft in first person). This is because the third person distances the reader (and the writer) from events. It is easier to write about personal things when you write as if they are happening to someone else. It is also easier to change events -- often necessary to turn reality into fiction -- when you aren't claiming that it was you who experienced them.
Third Person Omniscient: The narrator knows everything; all thoughts, feelings, and actions may be related to the reader (or they may be withheld).
Third Person Objective: The narrator can only relate to the reader what is seen or heard. A good writer can tell a completely objective story in such a way that the reader is able to determine the feelings and sometimes even the thoughts of the characters through what those characters say and do, even though the thoughts and feelings are never described.
Third Person Limited: The narrator is able to see into the mind of a single character. Sometimes the point of view may zoom in so close to that character that the narrator begins to use that character's manner of speech and thought, and sometimes the narrator may step back to take a more objective view. This point of view is sort of the "default" in fiction -- it is the most common because it can be used the most effectively in the majority of situations. If there is no reason not to use a third person limited point of view, then it is probably the best choice (but you will find it useful to experiment before choosing the point of view for any given story; third person limited may often work, but it isn't always the best point of view. Don't be afraid to use other points of view, just make sure you have a reason for your choice). In longer forms like novels, third person limited can be made even more effective by changing the character that the point of view is limited to. You must always be sure the reader knows when you have switched points of view and who you have changed to, however. If you are going to use shifting third person points of view, it is often best to change at a chapter or section break, at least until you are proficient enough at it that you won't lose your reader.
Experiment with point of view and narrative voice to see what things you can do with them
. Finding the right point of view and the right voice for each individual piece of fiction is vital. Getting one of them wrong can result in a story that just doesn't quite work.
I would add that a skillful writer can switch character point of views (pov) without needing to explicitly state it in a heading every time. I certainly read novels before fanfiction and never noticed this occur within them. Don't take my word for it, look to your favorite stories and if the pov does change, then see how they present it subtly.
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