Tuesday, 19 March 2013 05:27

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When a story is told using the first person the narrator is “I”, which is why I’ve called my blog First Person. 

I plan to write a blog about once a fortnight about Words and Writing and sometimes about Books I’ve read, and I’d love it if you have any comments or questions to get in touch with me through this blog.

It's all about me.

I'm a story-teller, and I'd like you to think of me as a character in a story. You don't need to know what I look like, but you may want to know something about my background, my thoughts and feelings and opinions.

I have published a non-fiction book called Doubt & Conviction: The Kalajzich Inquiry and a collection of short stories called Back Stories. You can find out more about these on my website:  www.pippakay.com.au.

Point of View

When writers choose a point of view they are making a decision about what sort of focus to use for the story. Should it be an intimate, up-close-and-personal view of what a character thinks and feels, or should it be a more distant, panoramic view, where the reader must interpret the character’s feelings from his actions.  Or should it be something in between. 

Imagine you are looking through a camera lens, with a zoom function and you can operate that zoom as appropriate for your story.  There’s no right or wrong, but I find that too much at either extreme can make reading tedious.  If your focus is always internal your reader never gets to see the environment around your character (such as the setting, other characters), and if  you spend too much time in the panoramic mode then your characters can become stick figures with little or no emotion.  Writers should have their fingers on that zoom button and learn to use it

My First Person blog is not likely to be very intimate.  I don’t want to bore you with the trivial and irrelevant details of my life.  Instead I’ll discuss issues and problems faced by myself and other writers in practicing our craft – what works, what doesn’t; what I like, what I don’t like.  I hope you will contribute to the discussion with questions and comments.


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