This is the question over at the Insecure Writer’s Support Group today, and it makes me go back to all my stories.
I’m not sure which scene I would like help with. With each story, it is different. Sometimes it is a death scene, at others a lovemaking scene. I mostly get stuck with who is doing the telling of the story, and why.
If I had one wish to help me tell a story, I would make it the ability to choose the right narrative point-of-view. This is where I struggle: not just the deciding of the point of view characters, but also whether to use the first or the third, and which sort of third.
All my stories start with characters, so once I have the characters right, I have their desire or motivation. Once I have the motivation, I have the journey and its opposition, the escalating tension of unmet desire, the plot. This makes it easy for me to write scenes, but not until I get the point-of-view right. So many tangibles and intangibles hinge on this decision—the point of view is like a camera, where you put it decides the telling of your story–what will be included, and what left out.
So, if I were given a wish, I wouldn’t use it for a scene, I would use it to magically tell me the point of view I should use to tell the story.
As a writer, do you find certain scenes difficult to write?
If not, what else do you find difficult about writing?
As a reader, do you ever pause to think about a scene, how it was written, or do you get carried away in the flow of the story?
This post was written for the IWSG. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for organizing and hosting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) every month! Go to the site to see the other participants. In this group we writers share tips, self-doubt, insecurities, and of course, discuss the act of writing. If you’re a writer and a blogger, go join rightaway! The IWSG’s co-hosts this month are J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins and Chemist Ken.