First person vs. Third person

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It’s not uncommon for arguments to cook between writers on First-person vs. Third-person. Aside from the various narratives in each category, these differences of opinion occur because they are convinced one is better than the other.

I believe in plot-driven stories. Which means I center my narrative on the story and not the characters needs. I delight in reading both, even though I prefer a Third-person. Especially Third-person Omniscient at that (Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Elie Wiesel, Philip Pullman, etc…). It is a shame that these days, this style of composition is determined out of fashion. (I like old fashion stuff!) Unless you are successful, established and a published bestseller, this method of writing most likely won’t land you a publishing contract. That said, not impossible if you are gifted at writing Omniscient.

I write in Third person Limited Omniscient. The most universal known example of this is the Harry Potter series. However, I switch point of view more times than JK does.

Let’s have a quick glance at the fundamental differences;

Perspective

Looking at the above chart, it’s apparent the differences are vast and explains why First-person narratives are so in. To put it this way, With First-person, you are the character. Your emotions link with theirs, and you see the story unfold as if you were part of it.

This fits with today’s society I think. Everybody wants to live as part of a story. We are trained to accept actors, singers, business people, etc… are characters we want to be. We want to be them, not like them.

Third-person though, gives you an overview of the story. Permitting you to search for clues in the story and even create a desire to warn the MC (the main character) for the evil oncoming. We don’t want to be them. We desire to be able to do what they can. A complete different impact while reading.

Both are excellent ways to tell a story. When deciding what fits for your novel it depends on what the focal point of your story is. Is the journey/ Growth of the MC is the main plot? First is your gal of choice.

The plot is the drive behind your novel and the MC’s need to adapt. Then Third is your gal to dance with.

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To become better at writing the advice is to try all styles. It will give you different tools, exploring beyond that what you enjoy most.

Knowing that I challenged myself by starting on a horror short story (4000 words) in first-person. I hate every second.of.it. Which is precisely why I need to do this.

May we fight in peace, #JustMyPointOfView
Kaleshja. 

Worldbuilding 101

The one thing I feel, you have to get under your belt when writing fantasy novels is worldbuilding. I think as a writer, creating the world in your head isn’t the hardest part. However, when it comes to putting it down on paper, we enter a whole different ballgame.

In my previous books I would describe the world(s) in such detail, I felt like the scent of the Fae forests would emanate from the pages. One could taste the putrid smell of demon ichor. I felt deeply connected to my work and was convinced all my readers would praise all the hours I put into describing every little shade of color on every little petal and-and, and…

I was a nipwhit.

By doing that, I consistently fell into the trap of ‘Info dumping.’ Another lovely term I learned the hard way when getting my writing evaluated by professional editors.

For those who like me before, don’t know what that is, let us go to our friends over at Novel Boot Camp!

An info dump is a big chunk of information that is “dumped” in the reader’s lap all at once. These info dumps are usually done through narration but can be found in dialogue as well.

Source: Ellen Brock Editing

I came to realize that although the worlds in my head are vivid and extraordinary but. If I point everything out to the reader, there is no room for them to visualize this world in their minds.

So, what do I do these days when it comes to worldbuilding? Well, it still lives vividly in my mind, but I focus more on the political systems, their warfares, culture and survival abilities. What are their traditions and values? How does this affect the characters and plot? Doing this allows me to separate my fantasy from that what needs to be written down in the novel, and what is the Infodump.

The worlds of Arden have a series of connecting worlds that influence another. It was indeed exciting developing these new and old cultures into one and finding links between natural enemy territory.

I hope you come to love these worlds as much as I do once the books get published.

Love,

Kalesjha.

High Fantasy VS Low Fantasy.​

The first time I spoke with other fantasy writers ten years ago, they asked me if I was writing a High or Low Fantasy series.

I must have sounded like a total rookie because I couldn’t answer them. These day’s I know a bit more. I do believe that there is way too many ‘genres’ out there. It’s almost impossible to fit a story in only one, so I say the following with a grain of salt;

The worlds of Arden is a high fantasy series. However, you might believe otherwise reading the first chapters.

High fantasy is defined as fantasy set in an alternative, fictional (“secondary”) world, rather than “the real”, or “primary” world. … By contrast, low fantasy is characterized by being set in the primary, or “real” world, or a rational and familiar fictional world, with the inclusion of magical elements.

From Wikipedia

Love,

Kalesjha. 

Every writer starts somewhere.

I read it after so many years, and became utterly petrified that story came out of my fingers

When I started writing in my teens, I never realized there was more to writing than having an idea and sit down to write it. However a short Novella later, (That will never see the light of day. I read it after so many years, and became utterly petrified that story came out of my fingers) I acquired a piece of vital information.

One needs to plot a good deal in order not to become mentally unstable during the process of writing a Novel. A new world opened up and buried me in a lengthy process of developing the knowledge of that what makes somebody evolve from a writer to a novelist. The intricate complexity that allows you to create a Novel worth reading is so much more than just having a thought and putting that into words.

A library of skills is involved in creating a piece of art, and like every form of art, one needs to nurture and never stop developing it. Now, years later I’m in a very different place, and my skills have evolved dramatically due to the effort I put into my art. Even though I’m not yet the writer I would love to be, I’m on a very exciting path towards it.

The Worlds of Arden series is the first work that culminates those years of exploring the art of writing, it’s teaching me new skills every day, and I’m determent to see these Novel’s published in the upcoming years.

Love,

Kalesjha.