My MA lecturer was nice enough to let me borrow this book from her. I read it within a few days (not just because her copy was signed and appeared to be a first edition, which made me paranoid any time I set it down close to a cup of tea).
What’s the best way to begin a novel? Personally, I don’t think there are any right or wrong ways to start (though I’m sure plenty (e.g. Sambuchino, 2013) would disagree) – but I do think that the beginning needs to achieve something; it needs to add texture to the story.
I’ve grabbed a couple of books to see how their authors have tackled the beginning, and hopefully I’ll learn a thing or two from them.
I don’t want to sound like a parrot, but this is another great book if you want to look at narrative viewpoint – and it’s told in first-person!
I used to think narrative viewpoint was one of the easiest decisions I could make when writing. I’ve never liked first-person (to tell the truth, I even find writing this post a little uncomfortable) so I tend to write in third-person, using he/she/they, and I’ve never thought about how viewpoint affects the ‘craft’ of my work.
I’m going to use this post to think about the various options I have for my current writing project. Maybe at the end I’ll stick with how I’ve always done it but at least I’ll know why I chose it – and hopefully I’ll be able to use it to my advantage.
Even though I didn’t LOVE this book, I still highly recommend that people read it to learn about the social issues with water. It was certainly an eye opener.