We took a coffee break and I "thought" I had an agent one 2 one... You can imagine my stomach felt like it was doing a spin cycle and I really felt ill. I had been so nervous all day... so I decided not to go to the second half until after my 121.
Of course, in an ideal world I would have got the right time (or more likely pressed the right button on the internet when I booked). However, me being me I didn't do either. It was not on Friday it was on Saturday...duh! I know, anyone who knows me will tell you how scatty I am.
So, I slunk back into the lecture will my tail firmly between my legs! And I believe this was the second half of the notes (I hope Debi corrects me if I get anything wrong). I hope I do it justice but as you can imagine my head was spinning...
If you write in 3rd person you can write either from one POV (point of view) or from a range of POV's, preferably 3 to 4 close ones.
At the moment the current tense that is trending is the presnt tense, but you can write in the past tense. (I like to use a mixture...)
The voice can be either omniscent or that of a character. (I prefer the character option...)
Things to consider:
- Prose rhythm
- Sentence structure
- Voice colouring the perceptions
- Pace of prose has to change
- Gradual change from a person's POV
- Be careful with "head hopping"
- Control number of characters (oops...I like having a range)
- Unreliable author... Read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time
- Restrict Adjectives and adverbs
- Careful use of dialogue and long winded paragraph's
- try and pick dictinctive sounds for each character
- Think - internal, external & surround features (this makes my think of my surround sound system!)
- Don't describe something that can be simplified
I hope this is helpful in some way and look out for my next instalment... a talk by Jo Jo Moyes
thanks for reading