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Musings for Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Greetings, Constant Reader and fellow Persona Paper writers. It's 6:32 p.m. EST here in Miami, Florida, and the temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit under cloudy skies. It's been a somewhat gray and even rainy day; we've had a few showers pass through this afternoon. Nothing major, you understand, just enough precipitation to water the plants in front and in the backyard. Makes me glad that I went yesterday to Winn-Dixie to get a few things, otherwise I'd have been caught in one of those sporadic showers.

I'm sorry that I have not been posting here much. Loreley spent Christmas with her kids in Tampa, so I didn't do anything for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I spent those two days at home reading books, listening to music, and goofing around on my computer. However, Loreley came back a few days later to celebrate New Year's with me. It was awesome: she spent over a week with me and we had a great time. We went out to Bayside Marketplace to ring in the New Year and see the fireworks. We also went out to dinner several times and shopped at Ikea. I bought (among other things) some bookcases for my future writing study/"man cave" and a new office chair. I had been sitting on 38-year-old dining room chairs since 2010 (when Mom got sick), but those proved to be too uncomfortable and frail for daily use as "office chairs," so I bought a new Malkolm chair for $80 at Ikea.

Speaking of writing, I'm preparing to start work on my first big fiction project. I've purchased several specialized writing programs to help me put the novel/novella together. I've also been reading several How To books, including Chuck Wendig's The Kick-Ass Writer. I am still far from ready to begin writing - I have to learn how to create a book without a formal outline, and I still haven't decided what "voice" to use for the narration. Right now I'm leaning toward first person point of view. It's what I use here in my non-fiction musings, after all. It's somewhat limiting because I can only tell the story from the protagonist's perspective. At the same time, it's both easier to do and yet more challenging. I'm not quite ready to start at "Once upon a time..." so I have time to decide. But if I had to start tomorrow, first person p.o.v would be the way I'd go.

Image Credit » Alex Diaz-Granados, via Loreley Coma

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morilla wrote on January 12, 2016, 9:03 PM

You remind me a lot of Mitch Miller in that picture. Just don't ask/expect me to sing along though. That would ruin the whole thing.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 12, 2016, 9:14 PM

I wrote my first books in the first person, and it was easier but I had to constantly remind myself that I couldn't read the other characters thoughts. My character had to infer how the other characters felt or what they might be thinking from their actions, expressions, and tone of voice, all of which can be challenging to show in words.

You've probably read or heard this a thousand times, but when you do sit down and get started, start out with your characters doing something that will get the reader interested in what's going to happen next. My first book opened with the main character and his primary female antagonist playing pin ball in a pier house arcade on a rainy night, and the main character is working the flippers trying not to lose the ball.

alexdg1 wrote on January 12, 2016, 9:46 PM

Thanks for the kind (I think) comparison. Incidentally, didn't the Mitch Miller singers perform Paul Anka's song "The Longest Day" for the movie of the same name?

alexdg1 wrote on January 12, 2016, 9:48 PM

I don't mind reading/hearing advice from a fellow writer! Thanks!

morilla wrote on January 12, 2016, 11:11 PM

Over the end credits I believe. They also contributed to The Guns of Navarone if I remember correctly.

missfortune wrote on January 12, 2016, 11:26 PM

Sounds like you have a solid plan! Glad you were able to enjoy the recent holidays .. here's to a happy, safe and successful 2016!!!

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 13, 2016, 12:34 AM

That is nice you got to spend New Years with your girl friend. And, good luck on your Fiction story you are writing.