it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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Two dollar high-heel shoes and a honky tonk dress--

So I started thinking about reader (and writer) fetishes last night when I was supposed to be sleeping, and the vodka-with-a-twist that was supposed to be relaxing me for bed was instead waking me up. Ah, the perversity of alcohol. If I'd needed to stay awake, it would have laid me out like a right cross.

So anyway, fetishes. Fetishes are different than squids, because squids (in my theoretical framework) arise from deep-seated psychological issues and convictions that the reader or the writer holds on a subconscious or emotional level.

Fetishes are those other things. "I hate first person." "I hate second person." "I hate third person." "I hate omniscient." "I hate present tense." "I write everything in present tense because it feels more immediate that way."

Now, some of this stuff is harder to do than others. (Omniscient POV is hard. Hard. Hard.) And just because you meant to do something doesn't mean you did it well. God knows I've bitched up enough tricky stuff in my time--and I think the things that people say they hate are hated because they are easier to do poorly than well. (First person, present tense, and so forth.)

But I firmly believe they're all tools in the toolbox, and the magic of writing is that there is no right or wrong way to do anything. There are only ways that work and ways that don't work.

Frex: I tend to write in a slightly distanced third-POV. I call it "the telepathic steadicam." My betareaders used to call me on it all the time as a POV violation, and I screamed and wept and tore my hair about how they just didn't understand my genius.


I still write a telepathic steadicam third. And I realized yesterday that the only time any of my betas has called me on a POV violation in about six months was when it was a genuine POV violation.

So obviously, previous to that, I may have meant to do it. But I wasn't doing it right.

And another thought from the trenches, pursuant to yesterday's rant on perseverance:

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