Perspectives and Writing

Writing is something many people are intimidated by. Like those who get in front of a television camera and freeze, staring doe eyed into the lens while the world watches a lot of folks are afraid that what they have to say, no one will want to hear. That they will be judged by what they write and therefore they want to make sure they write only those things that will allow them to judged in a fair light, but as they write they find that anything and everything they say could be mistranslated, misjudged or missiled by the judging public.

Well, to that I say… Poo!

Writing, be it fiction or otherwise, is little more than a conversation. A one sided, one at that. It is your, the writer’s, perspective on life, the universe and everything put to ink on paper and given for what it’s worth. When you write a story write it from the way you see things, or the way wish you saw things, or the way your think your character would see things, ie. “the perspective.”

I put that in parenthesis because “the perspective” is subjective. Which is to say what you have to say in a story will shift based on who is saying it. While you the writer are writing your story, it is your characters that speak therefore you need to write from their perspective. If you do what you will find is that the readers will begin to identify with your characters, both the good and the bad. One of the best compliments a writer can get is for a reader to hate a particular character, preferably with passion, because that means that the hated characters perspective hit something in that person’s psyche that triggered an emotion they themselves disdain and therefore they will probably continue buying the books in the hopes of witnessing the character they despise getting schmacked!

Likewise, but opposite, for the characters they love.

It’s all perspective. So be true to your perspective and write honestly (as in from your own style and sense of the story) and if you have a bit of talent you will go far.

Speaking of which, the above blog posting is so rambling and filled with run-on sentences I will I think continue to write from the perspective of a thriller writer, and not an English professor. Hope this didn’t bore you.

G’Day.

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