Why the Change is Going to Work

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So I woke up this morning realizing why the change to my novel is probably going to work. I had written about one hundred pages in this other point of view, and I like most of it. But then I hit several events that I just didn’t know how to tackle. This morning I realize that that was because they probably need to be written in this other (previously minor) character’s point of view.

This is something I have noticed before, that if you don’t have the right narrator, you can’t really write the scene. People always say that you just write what happens, don’t you? But this goes beyond the Rashomon effect, where how people see the same events makes them interpret (and therefore narrate) them very differently. It’s more like that thing that says the presence of experimenters watching an experiment changes the experiment. As Terry Pratchett would say, It’s quantum.

If I don’t know who is looking at a car crash, I can’t tell you how the car crash happens. It makes no sense, but it’s true. So this might be time to pat myself on the head and find a writer’s mug that says “Damn, I’m good!” or, at the very least, “I’m smarter than I look.”

It must be true. I’ve written 7800 words in three days.

5 comments on “Why the Change is Going to Work

  1. S. Raynard Haynes says:

    I applaud your progress. I’ve stalled out again, but I’m gonna get back on track.

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  2. Sometimes it is about figuring out the one wild thing that makes not sense that will save you.

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  3. Widdershins says:

    Damn, you’re good! 😀

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  4. PJS says:

    When you were telling me today about the various points of view, I was thinking of the “Rashomon” thing.

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