12.9: Q&A on Viewpoint
Your Hosts: Brandon, Piper, Dan, and Howard
You had questions about viewpoint. Here they are!
- Do you have tips and tricks for making 3rd-person omniscient compelling?
- How do you make 3rd-person limited compelling?
- Is it normal to need several drafts to nail down a character’s voice?
- What’s the best way to portray an unreliable 3rd-person limited narrator?
- What are your most effective methods for immersing yourself in character attributes so that you can get the voice right?
- How do you choose between 1st and 3rd person?
- How do you select the viewpoint character for a scene?
- How do you smoothly transition between viewpoints?
- How do you prevent character voices from blending into each other and becoming indistinguishable?
(Our answers are in the podcast.)
Homework: Swap dialog between characters. How do different characters say the same thing? How do they react when something they would say is said to them?
Thing of the week: Ones and Zeroes: Mirador, Book 2, by Dan Wells.
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