In the last month, I started re-organizing my novel-writing materials, and decided that it was time to start using my left brain more than I have in the past several years. I have been enjoying all the flowing pleasures of writing whatever comes to my imagination, but I haven’t been able to write the kind of story that I wanted to write.
So, in the last month, I’ve started to re-read books that I love with more of an eye for the structure of the books. It seems like most of the books that I liked the most, were written in 3rd person for instance. Many of them in what is termed 3rd person.
There are many warnings against writing with the omniscient third person. It seems to me, mostly that voice requires a certain kind of wisdom about life. I would say that Tolkien writes with some omniscience. So does Frances Hodgson Burnett in The Secret Garden. Many 19th century books are said to have this voice. To some extent, I think the Harry Potter books have some omniscience in them as well. These are some of my favorite books and writers.
There are also books that I love written in 1st person, like the Paulo Coehlo in The Alchemist. I’ve done some drafts of my novel in first person, and I didn’t do too well with that approach. Something was missing for me.
This morning, I woke up and wrote the beginning of my 2013 Nanowrimo draft in third person omniscient without really thinking about it. The writing just flowed. I’ll have to see if I can pull off the book with third person omniscient.
Regardless of where I get with my novel, my appreciation for other writers, particularly novelists, has increased.
Writing a book of any kind is an enchanting adventure, and I’ve enjoyed the writing of the books that I’ve done. I hope to keep getting better and better as a writer.
Do you have a preference for a particular type of voice in what you read or write?
- Returning to Novel Writing with NanoWriMo (writingyourdestiny.com)