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Using them, making them, voicing them
Hey, it's me, bloedzuigerbloed! Some of you may be familiar with my "Improve Your Writing! Tips and Techniques" journal. While that (excessively long) journal covered many topics, it's time to add a bit more onto each of those by giving the important ones their own tutorial.
CAUTION: Before you proceed, I warn you, I am not a professional artist or author, and all I’m going by here is what I am assuming works best because it works best for me. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t get angry with me. This is a disclaimer.
[Keep in mind: This tutorial is especially helpful for realistic fiction, so some things I suggest may not apply to y
A Vision of SolitudeAn elaborate palace of sharp gold and ruby,
Surrounds a solemn throne in the ballroom below,
A place where the crowds would dance and sing,
Is now nothing but an empty, broken hall.
His clothes protect his pale form carefully,
The only thing that's ever held him close,
The hair on his head is a mass of tussled tendrils,
A dull blonde shade makes a colourless glow.
A long scarf lines his neck like the twine of a snake,
Flowing gracefully around in the howling wind,
Although it cries a woeful tune,
As no one will ever see its true beauty.
Eyes that shine like an amethyst sun,
Have never shared a moment with another,
Blind to the views of compassion and caring,
Longing only to embrace the warmth of a friend.
This house where he lives cannot be called a sanctuary,
The desires of his dreams get buried away,
Under a canvas of crimson and fire,
The ashes are a majesty of his solitude.
Loneliness knows no love or hope,
Loneliness sits and waits in the cold,
Loneliness reaches out and whis
Writer's Tip: All About POVPoint of View. It can change everything. In the most literal sense, POV is the decision of who is narrating your novel, and what they see. POV also refers to the individual viewpoint of your characters, and ultimately, your readers. So where do you start? Well, that’s why I’ve written this article. We will explore the three standard POV options available to every writer, their advantages, disadvantages, and how to choose which one is best for you. Let’s get started.
First Person POV
I stepped into the room on hesitant feet. Leander, the great Lion King of the river valley lay half-in-shadow at the back corner of the room, his tawny paws illuminated by a shaft of light filtering in through the high windows. His sable tail thumped once, twice, in the haze of dust motes, and my breath caught in my chest. I shouldn’t be here.
First person POV is denoted by the use of “I”, “My”, “Me”, “Mine
The Coffee GodThe Coffee God behind the counter shuffles foot to foot, a dance of steam and espresso. Black painted fingernails, inch gauged ears and a gray striped sweatshirt, hood crooked on his back. There's a cigarette tucked behind one ear; it bobs and twitches with each step.
“Non-fat caramel latte,” he calls, just as he always does, part of a spell, part of a mantra, toneless (just a tuck at the end). I reach. He looks up.
The espresso maker hisses.
There's something like a grin, something like a spark, something like a shared secret linked eye to eye. When he passes over the drink (rough cardboard sleeve hot to the touch), he lingers. Our fingers brush, a shiver, a jolt, a ten-watt shock.
The Coffee God tilts his chin, shouts, “Hey, mind if I take my break now?”
and ducks around the counter without waiting for a reply.
He slips his cigarette between his lips without taking his eyes from mine. I follow him out the door.
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