Narration

by juliusmsanz

My intentions were boosted by one interesting thought I had over work.

One of my jobs is in an association, let’s call it that for the lack of a better word, that had some success in the past and now is on the verge of closing its doors. I don’t fear job security because I have other plates on the table, but I wondered for quite a while about how it turned out this way.

The answer is obvious: it failed to adapt to newer times. But more important than that, and here I think lies the big issue, is this: it failed to understand properly why it had so much success in those ancient times. If you don’t understand why you’re successful then how can you properly build on it? If you stick on the same path and with the same attitude chances are you won’t improve. At least on that case.

When it comes to writing I believe it’s the same thing.

It’s true you can always cater to certain niches, some hardcore followers, but more often than not you’ll struggle to keep going on that path. It’s alright, it’s just one of the pitfalls of getting comfortable.

One needs to be constantly alert, constantly learning and applying new skills within the trade.

For new writers it’s best to try new things in terms of plot and story, but one of the things necessary is this: you need to find a good narration technique that can have you move along nicely in the early stages of writing. I’m talking about first-person point of view. What this means is that you write in the mindset of the character and make sure that the character sees what you see. Since beginners are better with smaller plots and not very confusing stories overall, it is fairly easy to write a consistent and average story. There’s nothing wrong with average for now. When you write like this you can improve your storytelling techniques and master the monologue, character thoughts and showing the world from your perspective.

I don’t know what other people think, some will say that third-person will be better, but I believe it’s a little difficult to be objective with such a subjective craft. Not to mention that you need to be extremely careful describing every little thing that is going on in your story.

If you are starting, you can have the privilege of being personal, of putting a bit of yourself in your story, and that will make it much better. The beauty of it is that you can make your character look like anything in terms of personality. Beware however not to create a Mary Sue or someone who the readers cannot empathise with, those are big mistakes that can ruin you easily.

Tomorrow I’ll continue talking about first-person narration, with greater depth.

Have a nice day!

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