Did You Set the Lenses?

Hey Guys!

Less than two weeks separate us from November, and with it the beginning of NaNoWriMo.

Writing a novel is much like making a film. Only, instead of using sequences of images, we use sequences of words to formulate the scenes and chapters of our story.

And much like in any film, you need to know how you’re going to capture it.

Are you on a small budget, filming the sights and emotions of only one character. Are you filming like in a movie, watching the characters from a, even near, distance. Or is it like in a firt-person game where your heroes and heroines are wearing cameras on helmets, or on their super eye contacts?

Your answer to this question, is your answer to an aspect of the writing craft: the Point Of View (POV).

from_my_point_of_view_king_681795In this Writer’s Diegest article, you find out there are many types of POVs in writing fiction, as much as there are many techniques to filming a video.

For example, there is the First Person. In this type, you narrate your story (rather your character’s) through the use of “I“.

Most people would find this to the easiest, and most intimate way to write, as it is the closest thing to talking.

It has the disadvantage of being limited. If someone commited a murder in your MC’s neighberhood while s/he were elsewhere, then you can’t have seen what happened, or who did it.

These cons, can of course be overcome. Your MC might happen on a CCTV footage of the crime later on, for instance.

Another POV style, is the Second Person. In this format you use You.

This format is my least favorite personnaly. It’s a little awkward, and takes a lot to pull off.

A third type is the Third Person POV. This is my own default writing POV.elements-of-fiction-8-728

It’s the POV used in most fairytale books: Once upon a time, there was a little girl…

The voice the reader is meeting is a narrator who is watching the characters from above. It knows what they are wearing, and how their faces are changing with every thought and emotion. It can see what the charcters can’t, and even know what would happen in the future.

It can be limited so it only follows some of the characters, or omniscient, where the writer is a god in his realm: sees all and knows all.

The problem of course, is the emotional distance between the characters and the readers. We tend to relate more to people telling their own stories (using I) then when their stories are told by a medium (using S/He).

An interesting format I’ve stumbled upon in a book last year, is the We.

You can of course mix up between different POVs, but you should be careful not to confuse your readers (and yourself), and that each voice is unique and as relatable as the others.

For me, I’m thinking of trying the first person narrative this NaNo, maybe add up a bit of detail using third person.

What about you? Which POV comes to you naturally?

PS. Images found via Google Images.


Trust Me?

i-dont-have-trust-issues-i-just-know-better-quote-1The world is a little, or maybe very, weird these days.

If you’re the trusting type, they call you naive and tell you about all the bad things that befall those who trust others.

If you’re the opposite, they label you with insecurities and trust issues.

And you’re stuck, not sure what to do.

I mean, what if you trusted the wrong person? What if they broke your heart, leaving your back all bloody and torn?

What if you failed to trust those who are loyal to you, breaking their hearts and pushing them away when you should keep them close?

How do you know?

Well, I have an answer for you: You don’t!

That’s just it. You don’t know if someone is a bad friend, or a two-


faced coworker. You don’t know if you’re in love with the ‘one’ or with the one who’ll ruin you.

The only way to find out, is by trial and error.

Just don’t be blind, every now and then, pull away and assess the world around you.

Are you in these relationships (friendship, business, romance) for the right reasons? Are you too blind by loneliness, greed or the shiny object syndromes, to really see?

Trust is essential. It brings us safety and belonging.

It is also precious, once lost, hard to recover.

Always be sure, you put yours in the right hands, and that those who give you theirs, have left it, in good hands.



A Letter to Mom

Dear Mom;

I have not been the most grateful, or the best of daughters.
I am lazy, and whiny, but I wanted you to know that I know.
I know it can be hard, and I know we are not an easy bunch to be around, or raise.
So, I wanted to tell you that I love you, and thank you

your daughter.

Image credit goes to: Ms.Adventures of Mom


Hypocritic’s Oath: One Wrimo’s Promise to their Novel

So, a couple of weeks ago I stumbled on this lovely (or not so lovely) post: Take the Hypocritic Oath.

The author’s point blank is to DO HARM !

Do not be alarmed, all the victims are fictitious (or are they?)

You see when one decides to write a book, one might come to like their characters (even love them). In the process, one might hesitate to be unkind to them.

Problem is, happy people don’t make up for very good books. They make up for very boring ones.

I mean, how can a reader relate to an imaginary person when said person is nothing like a real person.

Sure they can fly/spew fire or whatever, but they have to have real emotions and real problems. Otherwise they will be too unrealistic.

After all, life is hard, it’s a test of courage and morals. It is not one lived by doing nothing, and one cannot do anything without making trouble: doing good angers the bad, doing bad angers the good. If your character’s life is perfect, and remains unruffled all throughout the book, then, they aren’t worth reading about. Simply say this guy/gal had a perfect life, end of story.

Being one of those people who enjoy torturing and taking out their frustrations on non-existenet people (seeing as I try really hard to be nice to the blood and flesh ones *most of the time*), I must say I very much enjoyed and am proud to pronounce my Hypocritic’s Oath:

“I, Airlia Gray, a Wrimo, promise…to do horrible things…to my characters. To fill their lives…with pain…and misery…to torture them…at every turn…and to never…ever…make anything easy.”

So, Wrimos out there, are you willing to take the oath and bring real people with real trouble into your novels?