The Enchanting Adventure with Nanowrimo Begins

The Enchanting Adventure with Nanowrimo Begins

Cover of a 1911 publication of The Secret Garden
Cover of a 1911 publication of The Secret Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Today’s Question:

Do you have a preference for a particular type of voice in what you read or write?

12 thoughts on “The Enchanting Adventure with Nanowrimo Begins

  1. Interesting, Karen! So the writing flowed this morning? That’s great news. I’m looking forward to your 2013 Nanowrimo updates! You are courageous. Bravo! By the way, The Secret Garden cover is gorgeous.

    A First Person Writer
    (Perhaps I’ll give the third person structure another shot . . .)


    1. Theodora, thanks for stopping by!

      First person writing is great for the right author. 🙂 I have a story that I believe would best in first person that I may finish after the novel. I loved this cover of the Secret Garden too, and had to add it to this blog.

      I’ll keep you posted on my nanowrimo journey, and as always love Paris through your eyes!



  2. I find sometimes the first person vs. third question varies with the piece I’m working on. Some seem to naturally go one way and some the other. And some get stuck either way…
    Secret Garden is one of my all time favorite books. Lost count of how many times I’ve read it years ago — every few years it gets another round. I don’t think any of the movies have ever lived up to the book.
    Kudos for jumping into the NaNoWriMo — after fading long before the finish on my last two tries I’ve decided not to formally sign up but I’m going to try to accomplish a lesser goal on my own. I’ll envision you knocking off those big daily word counts!


    1. The Secret Garden is a special book. I’m impressed with the structure of it as well as the beautiful imagery in the book. It’s even more amazing that the book was written in the early 1900’s and is still relevant in many ways. I agree with you that the movies don’t truly give the feel of the book.

      Thanks for any visioning support you can give, I’ll need it!


  3. Hi Karen, it’s great to be back and reading your posts again. I’m glad you’re doing NaNoWriMo—I’m doing that too this year, and it’s opened up new avenues of creativity because I’m no longer focused on compulsive editing.

    On writing in the first person, I take on a ‘surrogate audience’ approach. What kind of challenges and situations would be interesting to the reader? Often we read to escape from reality. With that mindset, plotting comes easier.

    Looking forward to your new posts! 🙂


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