Sarah Avery (dr_pretentious) wrote,
Sarah Avery
dr_pretentious

There's Specialized And Then There's Specialized

I often blog about books on writing. Usually, I go for books on craft, broadly defined. Lately, I've been thinking aloud about Writing Fantasy Heroes: Powerful Advice from the Pros, edited by Jason M. Waltz. It features fourteen luminaries of the genre explaining their use of technique, with close readings of excerpts from their own fiction, sometimes in early drafts. I'm writing a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the book at Black Gate. The first two installments are here and here.

Meanwhile, my short story work in progress about an escaped faerie abduction survivor who has to invade faerie to get her kid back is inching closer and closer to its end. Yet again, my goal of finishing a piece in under 7,000 words has escaped me. I rarely write in the first person, but this story insists on it, and it seems to be the right way to go.

So, dear readers, tell me this:

When you read a story that's in the first person, and the story never reveals the narrator's name, do you experience the nameless-narrator phenomenon as:

kinda cool
6(22.2%)
a non-issue you might not even notice
14(51.9%)
an annoying distraction
7(25.9%)
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