Saturday, October 30, 2010

I'll pay you to frame it for me

At the moment, I'm getting a great deal of pleasure from framing my scenes. However, not in the typical (or should I say... technically accurate) sense of a frame story, in which the telling of one story is nested in another. Rather, I like to frame the telling of specific scenes, by which I really don't mean anything like what a frame story is.

Glad to have confused you.

I like to begin a scene from the point of view of some secondary character, whose viewpoint we will probably later shirk in favour of the main characters. Frequently, this is someone who is about to die, or some kind of lackey, or sometimes a bug or an animal of some sort. Sometimes, it is merely the natural landscape.

Now, I know you're not supposed to do this. Or, at least, I've read/heard that somewhere. But it's a ton of fun. I enjoy building on these scenes; they give off a lot of flavour. And sometimes, you end up with a great secondary character, or maybe even a new main character. Awesome!

But mostly, it's just great to watch my main characters blow away the bad guys from the bad guys' point of view.

... am I sick?



  1. I've seen this done in prologues and such, basically to show how awesome the main character is. (That way it's not the main character thinking about how awesome he it.)
    I think whatever works, works, so be sure to change point of view as much as you wish if that's what the story calls for. I was planning to have this next book I write be solely 1st-person POV for a single character, but I suspect I'll need to show other characters doing things for this type of plot I'm writing.

  2. I find first person to be incredibly difficult, essentially because it suffers a "poverty" of viewpoints. You need to have a really, really fun and awesome character - and one who can experience a lot of new and interesting stuff every chapter - to manage it.