Writing Excuses 5.3: First Person Viewpoint
Bree Despain joins us for a discussion of writing the first-person viewpoint. We talk about “method writing” and get briefly creeped out by Dan. We discuss some key aspects of this particular POV, including the unreliable narrator, the over-the-shoulder vs. the memoir perspective, and the presence or absence of a framing story.
We cover a few pitfalls, including the clichéd “mirror scene,” and then offer advice to new writers who are looking for ways to get first person right the first time.
Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Beastly, by Alex Finn
Writing Prompt: The main character has a secret. Write from that character’s point of view, but keep the secret from the reader.
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