Wednesday: It’s good to be Olive

I’m still working on pages 200-250, the most exciting part of the novel.  It’s here where I always want to be my main character. Sure, she’s got a lot on her plate, but isn’t that when we’re the happiest?  She’s being followed around the island of Hawaii, an intriguing place in and of itself.  Despite her precarious mental state, she’s having a fun time.

I must admit that my main reason for reading (and writing?) is to pretend that I’m someone else.  It’s something that goes beyond escape, so that I feel guilty when characters do something wrong, and nervous when they’ve got a lot at stake.

Maybe this is why I prefer first person narration when reading and writing.   Sometimes the third person narrator feels a little bit like a lie?  An intentional device to create distance between writer and character?


~ by Clickity Clack on February 16, 2011.

2 Responses to “Wednesday: It’s good to be Olive”

  1. Absolutely yes, yes, yes…everything is right here! We have to have a lot on our plates to be happy…we have to tell stories in the first person for the stories to feel real and to stir the readers.
    Go Olive…teach us about life.
    I want to be Olive!
    Or maybe I just want to be in Hawaii.
    No I want to be Olive.

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