Point of View – Third-Person

It's time to wrap up this review of the various points of view in storytelling by looking at third-person perspectives. The classic! In third-person perspectives, all characters are referred to by their name or "their", "his", "her", and so on. You'll never find them using "I" or "we" as the narrator in these stories do... Continue Reading →

Point of View – Second-Person

"You click open the blog post on character point of view, hoping to read anything interesting at all. After a brief scan, you give up, providing a merciful Like before logging off." Growing up, I had heard of the other two perspectives a lot, even outside of writing. As two examples - First-Person Shooter is... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas!

Hi readers, Thanks so much to all of you for a great first year of blogging! Its been a rewarding experience and I'm very grateful for everyone who's taken some time from their busy lives to read along. I've got plenty planned for 2019 with more stories and posts on the way. The blog posts... Continue Reading →

Point of View – First-Person

Over the next few weeks, I'll be discussing narrator point of views. This is also one of those decisions that need to be made when writing your first line of a prose. While you can lock down story beats and plot outlines, the point of view you decide on really fundamentally change how your story... Continue Reading →

Past Tense VS Present Tense

I wrote the following, or, I'm writing the following.... which is better? Once you start writing a new piece, this really is one of the first technical decisions that must be made. Is the narrator looking back on past events or experiencing the events in that moment? Past tense and present tense are the two... Continue Reading →

Introvert VS Extrovert

First off, sorry for the lack of a post last week! With so much going on, it may happen here and there during the winter but my goal is to keep on the weekly schedule. Now onto this week's post... December - daylight fades before dinner, snowflakes make people forget how to drive, and families... Continue Reading →

Poetry

As a bit of a companion to the series I just wrapped up, I wanted to touch on poetry in general as it can come in many different lengths. For now, I'm addressing it in a single entry as I don't play in the poetry sandbox all that often. Off the hop, let me say... Continue Reading →

Story Lengths – Novel

To conclude this mini-series, today's entry is on the novel! To the world at large, this length is quintessential storytelling. For myself, I've held to the word count of novels as anything 40,000 words and up. These can also get long, real long! War and Peace, for example, clocks in north of 500,000 words and... Continue Reading →

Story Lengths – Novella

Next up in this mini-series is my personal favourite to read - the novella length! So here's where lines start to become very blurred, word count wise. A general consensus amongst many sources would say novellas are roughly 10,000 to 40,000 words but I've seen all manners of numbers cited. "Wait Chris, what's between a... Continue Reading →

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