IWSG 82: Taking Chances


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This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.

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Co-Hosts

PK Hrezo | Pat GarciaSE White | Lisa Buie Collard | Diane Burton

OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:

Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

Yes, my style and voice changes with each story, and I’ve been known to discuss controversial topics within my work.

That said, one of my favorite things to practice is third-person omnipotent point of view. If anyone wants to give this a try, you must read this post from Scribophile. It really puts it in perspective. 😉

When giving third-person omnipotent point of view a try, it can get pretty ugly. I don’t hold back and often paint myself into a corner. It can be a slog to revise and more than once I’ve lost interest in a piece because I landed up stomping through the paint to escape.

My only compensation for all my hard work is I keep them short, and I tell myself that what I’ve learned is in there somewhere and once assimilated; it will come out in organically—eventually.

In Other News: ProWritingAid is doing a Crime Writing Week this month. Here’s the webinar link if you’re curious: https://prowritingaid.com/crimeweekhub.

Hope to see you there.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned and tried in your writing?

57 responses to “IWSG 82: Taking Chances

  1. Anna, Happy IWSG Day! 3rd person omniscient can be really hard to do. The crime writing week sounds interesting!

  2. L. Diane Wolfe

    That’s a challenging POV all right.

  3. I’ve never tried that POV. I think it’d be hard for me, though I do enjoy some books written in that POV.

  4. I’ve tried all the POV except 2nd. That would be very difficult to maintain interest, I think. I like all versions of 3rd, especially Deep.

  5. Thanks for the link. I’ve actually been considering writing a story in that POV so this must be the universe pushing me in that direction.

  6. Choosing the POV that’s best for the story you want to tell is a huge job. I’ve made a few mistakes about that and had to spend hours fixing it. Oh well, that’s learning by doing I guess.

  7. Hats off to you for writing in 3rd person omniscient! I saw someone else talking about doing this in their IWSG post. Thanks for the link. I don’t think I’ll tackle it myself, but I am interested in finding out more about it.

  8. The more of these posts I read, the more I realize I’ve taken a lot more risks than I thought 🙂
    One of those risks was trying a short story (3K) with 8 different pov main characters. It worked out well (after a few terrifying drafts) and was my first published story!

  9. Third-person omnipotent point of view is a tricky one, but practice makes perfect. Or at least less imperfect. 🙂

    The webinar link looks interesting. I’ll check it out.

  10. I’ve never written in the 3rd person omniscient POV. I usually keep my stories more personal and write from the 3rd person POV with a maximum of 2 POV characters. The 3rd person omniscient sounds like a tough challenge to me.

  11. alexjcavanaugh

    You’re brave. I would never attempt omnipotent point of view. I am very comfortable with third person.

  12. Egads, my debut novel was in first-person omniscient POV and it did indeed get ugly. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, and it was head-hopping city. But I learned a lot! Happy writing, Anna. 🙂

  13. Third-person omnipotent point of view is so hard to do.

    Thanks for the link to the webinar on crime.

  14. Thank you for that link there. I’ve mostly gone with the flow but I do think a POV makes a world of difference to how the story finally shapes up. I will be looking out for more on head hopping.

  15. Good for you to try and tackle such a tough POV. Bravo!

  16. Thanks Anna, I’ll check out that crime writing week. I’m interested to read more about that pov, too!

  17. Michelle Wallace

    I like that the third person omniscient involves a very detailed story telling method. But it can feel more distant. Also it’s difficult to do without jarring readers with “head-hopping.”
    But it’s good for writers to experiment… push the boundaries. That’s how we grow.

  18. Third person omni can be hard to do right. Keeping the reader close enough to the characters, keeping away from head hopping. I’d be too worried about doing it wrong to ever try it.

  19. Interesting article! Makes me want to give 3rd person omniscient a go. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. Taking on a new challenge in writing can be fun, and tough. And you may end up loving it! I look forward to reading how this goes for you.

  21. Paint yourself into a corner . . . Oh, do I understand that. Thank you for sharing the link. I’ll check it out!

  22. Loni Townsend

    Third-person omniscient? That’s cool. I’ve never tried it myself, but mostly because of how stories form in my head. I’m almost always anchored into a single POV and I write with whatever voice the character has. But I might have to give it a try one of these days, and just anchor myself into an all-knowing godlike POV. Thanks for the link. It was an interesting read.

  23. I think 3rd person omniscient would be very difficult to do, mainly because we’ve been “indoctrinated” that readers want deep 3rd person POV. Reading the classics with omniscient POV is boring (to me). I want to feel what the character feels. Oh, well. That’s my take on it.

  24. I haven’t had much like writing in omniscient so far. I’m not sure what makes it so challenging, but I’m game to keep trying! @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

  25. I wrote a piece in omniscient POV, had it critiqued and was slammed. That was the end of my experiment.

  26. I know so little about writing that I don’t even know what “third-person omnipotent point” is. I better stick to memoir. That’s pretty straightforward. 🙂 Good that you’re flexible, open-minded, and try new things. Writing will never get boring that way!

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