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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I have reached the portion of the cold where my body attempts to expel the foreign matter clogging its various cavities and interfaces as aggressively as possible. Dear netcurmudgeon and ashacat, do not expect me at archery tonight.

We will all be happier if I stay home on the sofa with the aliens in my lungs today.

There are a bunch of new people (that I'm aware of) watching this blog. I just want to say Hi, and feel free to introduce yourselves and join the discussion. I do not generally friend people back, and I cannot possibly answer all comments. This is not reflection on you; it has far more to do with the limits of my ability to manage information and time.

I should note that I talk about writing a lot in this blog. I can only talk about my experience and how it works for me, and part of that experience is that the whole process is quite slippery and subjective and works very like a Zen koan; part of writing, for me, is the ability to hold mutually contradictory ideas in one's head all at the same time. Also, it's a series of approximations, and there are always exceptions. And people will disagree. (So far this week I have disagreed with a lot of people who are better writers than I am. I expect in six months I will come to understand how I am wrong-headed.) 

There are no rules; there is only what works.

I've been thinking about POV. Specifically, writing books from a single limited POV (first or third--or even second, I suppose), and how it restricts the narrative. It shifts the focus from what happens, and why it happens, and how it happens, to who it happens to. That's very interesting, that is. It's also kind of necessarily a more subjective experience, reading and writing, because there's less opportunity to question or undermine the narrative as it's presented to the reader and as it occurs to the character. You get the point of view without parallax.

That's something I would not have understood before I learned how to write in omniscient.

Thank a random deity, while the epiphanies keep coming, they are about smaller and smaller details of craft these days. I think that means the learning parabola has hit a point of diminishing marginal returns.

I hope I shall keep getting better at this gig. I also am not upset to be apparently getting better at it more slowly than before.
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