This “workshop” is for anyone interested in fiction writing, be it veterans or first-timers. We are a kind, informal group around a cyber table, sharing cyber donuts.
This week’s prompt is to write in:
The “Formal” First Person Perspective
Here’s an example from Marilynne Robinson’s novel Housekeeping:
“Lucile and I worked that winter on skating backward, and pivoting on one foot. We were often the last to leave, so absorbed we were in our skating and in the silence and the numbing sweetness of the air. The dogs would run out to us, rowdy and obstreperous, overjoyed that not everyone had left yet, and they would nip at our mittens and run circles around us so that we had no choice but to leave. And as we glided across the ice toward Fingerbone, we would become aware of the darkness, too close to us, like a presence in a dream.”
If that were written in the “close” first person, it would be in a child’s voice; this is an adult looking back on herself as a child, thus allowing for a more formal thus more distant perspective, and adult diction such as “obstreperous.”
In the last workshop, some of you, in attempting the “close”, wound up writing in the more formal first person point of view. So if you’d rather switch it up and try again for the close first person, go for it! Just preface your post with whatever point of view you have chosen.
1). Not too long but not too short – try for a scene or fully developed moment.
2). Critique at least four other posts – comment first on what works, then how it might be reworked.
3). Reciprocate by critiquing those bloggers who do comment.
4). Important: Preface your post with “Sandra’s Writers Workshop Hop” linked back to my (new WP!) blog. Yes, to advertise Moi, but also to clarify your post is up for critique – a good thoughtful paragraph of critique as your “comment.”
5). Relax, and have fun! At the very least, you’re generating ideas for future stories or even novels!
6). GUESS WHAT! My button works! So grab it from my sidebar to remember to come back and post!