Monthly Archives: January 2012

If you’re not first, you’re…third?

Sorry for the failed attempt at a clever title. As much as I like ‘Talledega Nights’, trying to borrow whimsy from it is probably an idea that looks better on paper. But that’s what happens when you’re sitting in a waiting room, trying to pass the time. With that said, let’s get down to business.

The word count meter hasn’t moved much on the first story in my new universe. The dreaded false starts abound.

I’m up in the air about the POV I want to use. First person is a lot of fun to write, if you have a great character with a great voice. You get to know them, intimately. It’s a window into who and what they are and how the deal with the events of a story internally.

Third person is the more traditional way to tell a story. You get immersive details that suck the reader in. As an omniscient, you get to see things behind the scenes that characters don’t. You can fear for them, knowing what they will encounter.

I’ve read great stories in both POVs and like them for different reasons.

It’s hard to say which I’ve written more of. I’ve not written too many in first person, but then there’s this blog. Though blog posts aren’t necessarily stories, they’re almost always written in a first person POV.

The dilemma comes from the novel I want to write for this character and this universe. It’s intended to be a sci-fi adventure/thriller, with lots of conflict and a layer of conspiracy. Not a humorous book, in other words.

The main character is a smart ass, for lack of a better word. When I write him in first person, every bit of that comes out. Also, I think I write shorter fiction better in first person. My intention is to introduce this character and universe in a few shorter works that I see as great first-person POV stories. I worry that changing to third-person for the larger novel adventure (which is the only way I see it working) will turn off the audience that liked the short stories.

So can a smart ass character/universe be first established in first person in short fiction, then come out in third first in the large, epic story successfully?

These are the things that keep me up at night. Well, not really, a low-grade insomnia does that.

(Composed on wordpress mobile, please ignoe any typos)

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New year, new projects

It’s time to get rolling on the writing projects I’ve got planned for early part of this new year. 

My wife had knee surgery in December and has needed quite a lot of care since then, seriously cutting into writing time.  But now she’s getting more and more self-sufficient and I can get back into the writing saddle.

For the short term, I have some ideas for novelettes set in the universe I created while writing my NaNoWriMo book this past year.  That project didn’t get completed.  The idea came to me very late.  There was too much world for me to build for the time available in November.  This group of stories will help me flesh out the universe and it’s characters as I fully plan out the novel I started.

These stories are set three-hundred years or so in to the future, in the Gliese star system, some 20+ lightyears from Earth.  As you may know, a planet that may be capable of supporting life was discovered by Chile’s La Silla Observatory in 2007.  Interstellar travel has been perfected and further exploration has discovered other habitable planets in the region.  A sizeable population has migrated to Gliese and surrounding areas, creating something mimicking the wild west frontier of the 1800’s.

I see a lot possibilities in this set up and should have a lot of fun writing in this universe.  Hopefully, you’ll have as much fun reading in it.

I’ve added a word count widget on the left sidebar so everyone can track my progress.