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16 November 2014 @ 11:05 pm
The Art of Writing: Rule Breaking & Rule Abiding  
What makes a good writer? Is it the tone? Is it one's way of using style to create a memorable character? While sorting through some parts within my current work in progress (WIP), I referenced several sources online regarding rules of writing flashbacks or scene breaks. It's good to sometimes look at what is expected, but after reading several articles, it hit me why so many potential writers never complete their novel!

Writing, at least for me, is a personal journey. Yes, I know it sounds sentimental and a-typical for someone who loves creative modes of expression. It's bad enough one's own story isn't progressing, it's another thing to add to it things you're "not" suppose to do. For example, the rule that annoyed me regardas the narrative structure. Before everyone gets out the pitchforks, I do believe there needs to be structure but it shouldn't be so much so that it stifles the work.

At this point in time, I don't think shifting between POV is a bad thing if it serves the purpose of your story, and is true to you. I think breaking the rules, expressing and exploring unconventional ways of telling a story is exciting. I went to a private school, and been through the wringer of acadamia expectations.

I believe that one should write from the gut, rules be damned, then go ahead and smooth it out. Right now, I started writing a short piece that is kind of prequel to events currently in my story's timeline. Suddenly, it occurred to me that it would be really interesting to use the short scene as a introspective look to how my character feels about herself, and through it giving her a voice.

My natural inclincation is to write a story in first person perspective because it's personal and you get to play around with your character from an inimate level. Whereas in third person omniscent I feel like it lends itself to being a means to order your characters around like puppets, which if that's your thing so be it.

For whatever creative reason, I chose to write my story from a third person perpsective which completely out of my comfort zone. I think I did an okay job, although I know it needs tons of work. Then suddenly there was a prompt in this awesome writer's community musemuggers and I found that I wanted to give my main character a voice; maybe it was some kind of artistic therapy but it got me to see my character in a totally different way. And it also fleshed out a minor character that I think will have a bigger role for future events.

If I stick to the "rules" and didn't change the POV in between the chapters, I don't think it will be as impactful. What I love about this process is because it's new, and different. I feel like I am discovering my story along with the characters which is what I would want readers to feel. I want the the element of suspense and drama stem from a very unstable sense of perspective dicated through journal entries, personal antcedotes, and circumstances limited to a select few.

As I am going along in this process I'm discovering that you can play with narrative structes if your plot and story are very clear. I know how I want my story to end, I know the kind of conflicts my main characters need to experience to reach their resolutions. 
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