POV: Writing the Bystander Viewpoint

Using the term “Main Character (MC)” is sticky when your story is told through the viewpoint of a bystander. Who’s the "MC" when you have a viewpoint character who is telling the story but isn’t the main actor? Well, that’s...

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Worldbuilding for Realistic Fiction

I am proud to admit I write in many genres. I've been known to write light-hearted fantasy, speculative/science fiction, lite horror, a little supernatural, period realistic fiction, and contemporary fiction. People seem surprised when I say I use worldbuilding...

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Writing Wide Description: The Art of Zooming In

The golden ratio (see our introductory post: Writing with the Golden Ratio) is a geometric ratio that creates a positive reaction from people, especially in art and music. While this mathematic guide can be created artificially in a computer program,...

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Writing Multiple Characters: Who’s Most Important?

Characters are the lifeblood of narrative. Some stories demand a large character count, but managing these many viewpoints can get not only messy for the writer but confusing for the reader. Incorporating multiple points of view in the same narrative,...

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Facts and Narrative in NonFiction

History, when not a literal stack of source material (official documents, registers, receipts, census records, etc.) is a narrative produced with a specific audience in mind. The emotion of the writer has far less to do with the spin...

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Main Character Level: Expert!

Who would want to listen to a know-it-all? Even a good-tempered know-it-all gets frustrating after enduring an hour of catch-up information just to understand the joke they just made. However, experts in any field are often colorful, fascinating characters....

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What’s the Big Deal if I Shift POV?

Alright, this is a bit of a tough technique to write about because it’s been addressed extensively in writing-tip-giving circles. In the last few weeks, I've seen the question of POV shifts and head-hopping come up at least a...

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Point of View: First Person Perspective

First Person Perspective is far and away the most popular, reader-friendly, and immersive way to tell a story. Readers eat it up! The Young Adult fiction market is flooded with first person stories written through the eyes of a...

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Point of View: Second Person Perspective

There are probably a lot of people out there who have no idea this even exists. They heard it once in English class, and then they were all “meh, homework”. Honestly, a discourse on what this is only turns...

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Point of View: Third Person Limited

Big readers will recognize third person limited perspective, even if they don’t know what it’s called. This is the most popular third person perspective in new western lit. Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), The Mortal Instruments (Cassandra Clare), and The Giver...

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