Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer's Support Group gives bloggers a monthly chance to express their concerns, worries, and insecurities without fear of reprisal. It's a seriously big group now, and with well over 300 participants, it shows no signs of slowing down! I'd like to thank Alex for keeping this group going for so long, as it has proved wonderful in the supporting of fellow authors and the revealing of needed and sound advice.
Without further ado, here's what's been on my mind lately ...
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In all my sixteen years of writing (not that I'm counting), the one compliment I've received most from readers goes something along the lines of, "It's so descriptive" and "It felt like I was watching a movie." The only explanation I have for this is my exposure to many movies in my young. Seriously, while my peers were watching Sesame St., I was watching Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and anything ubber-cool I could get my hands on. So when it comes to storytelling, scenes are playing in my head with different camera angles and chapter breaks. Writing in 3rd person was a natural fit for this.
But when I started The Undead Road, I wanted to try something different. Not only was it a sub-genre that I never thought I'd write (zombies), but try as I may, it just wouldn't work in the 3rd person perspective. A good deal of 1st person POV novels rubbed me the wrong way when I really got into reading, since the protagonist often came off as self-centered and I wanted to get into the story more than their rambling narrative (not saying all 1st person is this way, just in what I found back then). I couldn't imagine writing like that.
Call it an exercise, but I decided to give 1st person POV a shot. And you know something? It felt really natural to me! I've heard that it's easier to write than 3rd person, but with my filmatic mind, it's not so easy. I didn't have the freedom to move about the scene or swap to another character - I was stuck with one person, seeing the world through their eyes, telling a story in a tight and linear fashion. I've yet to read through it all since I finished it, and all I have to go on is feedback from my critique partners who like my "unreliable narrative" and think that this is the best thing I've written yet (on my own).
Am I insecure about this? A little - I hope the feedback rings true as I go over it again, but it just goes to show that trying news genres, styles, and POVs can lead you into a niche that you'd never thought you'd try or may actually be good at. Having said that, time to edit!
Have you found venturing into different genres, styles and POVs to be refreshing for your writing? What was your experience?
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