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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
5th-Aug-2009 10:55 am
Figuring shit out
I love it when I figure things out!

I'd been wondering why Cicatrix was coming out in second person. That is unusual, to say the least.

But thinking about yesterday's process made it clear.

It would be in first person -

- but the protagonist is dissociative.

Okay. That makes sense.

And I think I'll have less trouble with the triggery aspects now. Like I said during Blogathon, I've pretty much dismantled my triggers... but for the first time, I'm writing a character who hasn't.

So now that I know to expect that, I can be better prepared.
5th-Aug-2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
*dancing for you!!!*
5th-Aug-2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
As in the protagonist uses "you" to refer to themselves?

Ever since I read this, I've had a bit of a thought-thread running on the effect of voice and tense in fiction. Don't have anything decisive to say about it (yet?), but it's interesting.

Edit: Meant to say "person and tense".

Edited at 2009-08-05 07:07 pm (UTC)
5th-Aug-2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
...That makes sense. I hope that things go more smoothly for you now.
6th-Aug-2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Dunno if you're asking for an opinion or not, but in my annoying opinion, unless the work is short I'd avoid the second person. It sounds like it does make sense why it's coming out that way. However, I've read a novel that was all second person and it really got in the way of the story. It was a good plot, it had good characters, and I liked it -- except the second person was very distracting and really annoying. Granted, I saw nothing as to *why* the author would inflict second person on the reader, so it just seemed like a poor decision on the author's part.

As it is, I'm going to be very wary of reading anything else by that author without looking the book over well in advance of buying. Maybe that sort of cuation is just me, but I'd hate for others to have that same attitude for your writing and be very cautious about buying and reading your work.
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