When you’re reading, do you prefer to look at a character from a distance? Do you prefer to be deep in their thoughts? Or somewhere in between? And when you’re writing, how do you craft the distance between your fictional creations and your readers?
We’re in season four of the podcast, Behind the Scenes of a Full-Novel Revision, in which I’m discussing a full-novel revision with Alex Doherty. Our conversation is guided by his questions and goals for the manuscript, and today we’re looking at narrative distance.
We’re considering how Alex might play with making the reader feel connected to his characters, and in the know about what’s going on, while also keeping up the pace and excitement of the plot.
This season offers tools and questions to support you in a full novel revision. The goal is that you’ll enhance your own desired effect while strengthening your unique writerly voice.
A huge thank you to Alex Doherty, who records and edits Creative Lift.
The feedback approach we’ve used in this season references Design Thinking tools and mindsets. If you’d like to explore further how to apply Design Thinking to your writing process, check out our Skillshare course, Design Thinking for Writers: Create a Compelling Character at this link.
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