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Max Detrano

© Max Detrano. All Rights Reserved. Why Write Multiple Points of View in“Close Third Person”? Modern writers, myself included, are often infatuated with first person point of view. It appears clean, reliable, direct and controllable. What the narrator sees is what the reader gets. This can be very effective especially if the narrator is telling the story from an informed point of view, looking back in time. But it lacks flexibility. Third person omniscient point of view is seldom omniscient. Someone is telling the story, even if the reader is clueless as to his or her identity. Omniscient third person confines the writer and the reader to one perspective at a time. It, too, can be confining. The old fashioned “god’s point of view” has gone out of favor with readers and writers alike. That leaves us with “indirect third person,” often called “close third person,” or “free indirect style.” This technique requires a subtle shift in language and observation that is unique to each character’s perspective and personality. The author (in close third person) goes into character, so-to-speak, by mimicking the language and sensibilities of that character. Like different dimensions coexisting in the same story, the reader (and the writer) experience something different from each perspective. If done well the reader never wonders who is telling the story, but moves with ease from one dimension to another, from...

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Max Detrano-Guest Writer

© Max Detrano. All Rights Reserved. Why Write Multiple Points of View in“Close Third Person”? Modern writers, myself included, are often infatuated with first person point of view. It appears clean, reliable, direct and controllable. What the narrator sees is what the reader gets. This can be very effective especially if the narrator is telling the story from an informed point of view, looking back in time. But it lacks flexibility. Third person omniscient point of view is seldom omniscient. Someone is telling the story, even if the reader is clueless as to his or her identity. Omniscient third person confines the writer and the reader to one perspective at a time. It, too, can be confining. The old fashioned “god’s point of view” has gone out of favor with readers and writers alike. That leaves us with “indirect third person,” often called “close third person,” or “free indirect style.” This technique requires a subtle shift in language and observation that is unique to each character’s perspective and personality. The author (in close third person) goes into character, so-to-speak, by mimicking the language and sensibilities of that character. Like different dimensions coexisting in the same story, the reader (and the writer) experience something different from each perspective. If done well the reader never wonders who is telling the story, but moves with ease from one dimension to another, from...

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Roxana Arama-Guest Writer

© Roxana Arama. All rights Reserved. March 19, 2011 THE WEDDING BELL is the working title of my second novel, a book I’m writing this time following the process outlined in THE WEEKEND NOVELIST series. THE WEDDING BELL is a coming-of-age story set in an imaginary world that draws on the culture of the Dacians, the people who lived on the current Romanian territory before the Roman conquest. The novel is built with the language and plot elements of folktale, and tells the story of a girl who redefines the rules of the game within her patriarchal social order. Her name is Meda, and she is the Princess of the Mountains. On her sixteenth birthday, her father allows her to roam the palace, but warns her of a forbidden chamber. This book started as a short story in April 2010 and has grown into a novel during the last six months. Once I settled on the novel form, I wrote character sketches and created my repository of locations, recurring objects, maps and politics for my three kingdoms. After I learned a great deal about the fictional world I was creating, I began work on my scene list. The scene list is a tool for organizing locations, objects, point-of-view and chronology. But it’s more than that. As I worked on my list, I noticed plot tracks on objects, locations and...

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