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 on: July 14, 2014, 07:48:30 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jfields
There's almost nothing that's NEVER done in middle grade, but present tense is fairly rare. When I've seen it, it's usually in contemporary and fairly literary. It maybe gives the purest sense of voice and immediacy, but there's a REAL problem with telling in the books I've read...they tend to be very internal and a bit slow (for my taste). It's not a viewpoint I can sustain (personally, as a writer) as it just doesn't work for my writing nature and comes out sounding forced.

 on: July 14, 2014, 07:24:42 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by judyr
Another question about 1st person. Does writing it in present tense make a difference. I love 1st person present tense when it's done well. What makes the decision to do it that way? Is it ever done in MG?

 on: July 11, 2014, 07:29:18 AM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by judyr
I've been trying to study multiple 3rd person POV, and the hardest part for me is the specific reason why that character should be the POV for a scene. I like the idea of using whichever character moves the story forward, but I don't like omniscient. I'm drafting a MG novel with 5 primary characters, some more prominent than others, and I'd like to be able to use each person's POV as necessary to get to know each character as intimately as possible... I might be in over my head.  Undecided

 on: July 10, 2014, 01:50:31 PM 
Started by Ellen - Last post by Ellen
I felt the same, Jan! I was too late to sign up for any Jim Butcher events, but I got into a couple of the Scott Westerfeld ones! <insert squee here> And! The events for both of them were at no extra cost (just the badge to get into the conference)!

 on: July 10, 2014, 01:25:58 PM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by KatieC
I also loved the City of Ember (not the other books in the series, really, just that first one). You should definitely read it! Smiley

I've actually used multiple POV's a few times now. In a romance you almost certainly need the hero and heroine's POV. In my YA supernatural/fantasy book I have three POV's. It was hard to adjust to writing it, and making sure each character had their own unique voice. For the most part, each of the three characters had a separate "part" in the story, but each part went toward solving the main problem. Because of that, there was very little overlap in what this character saw, versus what that character saw, etc. By that I mean I didn't have all three characters in the same scene, and then just pick one of the character's POV's to tell the scene from. In most scenes the characters were not together, and in the ones where they were together, there was a specific reason I chose to tell the scene from whichever POV I chose. Does that make any sense?  Tongue

 on: July 10, 2014, 12:55:42 PM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by salex
I'm trying this technique in my Nano novel. The story is about one person and what happened, but it has three other people who are important to the plot. I'm using the chapter division Jan mentioned.

And you need to read The City of Ember series. It's a great read.

 on: July 10, 2014, 12:41:43 PM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by judyr
I was considering the idea that my opening scene might be more interesting with my MC's entrance seen through another character's eyes, someone who is watching her while she doesn't realize it. Does the MC have to be introduced in her own POV?

 on: July 10, 2014, 07:57:57 AM 
Started by Ellen - Last post by jfields
Jim Butcher? Scott Westerfeld? Be still my heart. And to think I was just in Indianapolis...and now I'm not. *sigh*

 on: July 10, 2014, 07:51:14 AM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by jfields
There usually is one person who is the mainest of the main characters. Even with a two-person split character, you tend to get the feeling one is a bit more important and USUALLY that person is the one first introduced.

 on: July 10, 2014, 07:29:15 AM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by judyr
I looked The City of Ember up on Amazon, Kate, and now I kinda want to read the series.  Grin  I have another question. If you're considering dual POV, should the story start with the POV of the MC? Or would there even be an MC? 

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