I like to write mysteries because I like to read mystery stories. It all began with the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene when I was a pre-teen in the 1950s. I have four published novels, poetry and short stories.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Author intrusion is
something I saw a bit of in new writers’ manuscripts when I did a lot of
story is usually told through the mind of one or more characters. It’s known as
the story’s point of view (POV). (Also see the article Choosing a Point of View above in The Parts) The reader is only allowed to know what the point of
view character perceives and experiences internally.
a correct sentence written through a character’s mind, told in 3rd Person POV:
Sara watched with nerves on edge, unsure of what she was seeing.
told using author intrusion:
If we look at Sara, we see that she is hesitant about getting involved.
the 3rd Person POV, we are in Sara’s mind experiencing hesitation with her.
the author intrusion example, the author stopped the story to speak directly to
the reader, telling the reader what Sara experiences, instead of letting the
reader be Sara.
the past, many stories were told in this manner. The author seemed to speak
directly to the reader, or as if the writer were addressing a group of people.
This method of storytelling has become passé. Readers want to become their
favorite characters and experience with them and not simply be told by a
intrusion is easily avoided if the writer stays in the mind of the point of
view character. The character will not stop the story to speak to the readers.
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