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First or Third?

The most obvious difference between first-person/subjective and limited-omniscient/limited-third narration is that the first is I and the third is he/she/they which creates immediate distance from the characters. 522 more words


Writing at a Distance

There are two main types of third-person narration, omniscient and limited omniscient. In omniscient narration the narrator is an authorial voice separate from the characters and able to jump between them almost at will, think of Dickens. 786 more words


Guardians of the Galaxy, vol 2 [2017]

For the past few months I’ve been having a slightly awkward conversation which, broadly, goes something like this:

“Did you see that new Guardians of the Galaxy film eh?

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Limiting Omniscience

This week we’re heading off into the wilds of limited-omniscient narration. We’ll be looking at what we mean by limited omniscient narration, writing at varying distances and why it’s different from first-person/subjective. 82 more words


Reflexivity in Remington Steele

Remington Steele was a lightly comedic detective procedural from the early 1980s. It had two gimmicks – front and centre is the conceit that Remington Steele is a fraud, an invention of the real detective, Laura Holt, who was not being taken seriously in the private investigation world because of her gender. 1,168 more words

The Mystery-Investigation Complex

Doing Dialogue

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. 820 more words


Inner Reader=Narrative Structure

Years ago I wrote an essay about the role of the reader in my writing. I was referring to an inner reader that I imagined read my sentences as I wrote them, similar to a psychotherapist listening to his or her client during a fifty-minute session. 308 more words