Novel Perspectives

Everyone is a writer nowadays, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s a lot of interesting perspectives and stories that come to mind when someone puts their pen to paper. Some are good, some are bad, and some write the worst thing ever that gets sold because it’ll fit into a fad. This has happened a lot.

Anyway, when I think of writing a story I always wonder what the best way to write it is. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is perspective, and most of the time I use first person. I enjoy the immersion of my feet in my characters shoes, you know? It’s fun sometimes to imagine I am s/he and I want save the word, be Katniss Everdeen, or something to that effect. Most of the time I end up wanting to be a crazy person who has self esteem issues or is just trying to survive some post apocalyptic world. It’s fun all the same. However, whenever I write characters like that, read characters like that, I wonder about the villain.

Is it really so difficult to write in their perspective? Scratch the serial killer, or the satanist, or whatever. Some things are meant for television, I get that. But why don’t I see more popular novels from the villains perspective?  I was walking around, running errands the other day when I suddenly got the idea for a story. It was about a girl (of course) whose story suddenly progresses from victim to villain. What other books have done that?

I am seriously curious. If anyone out there knows of a book completely written in the point of view of a villain, I would love to know about it. I can’t think of any.

I read recently on a blog or yahoo answers, somewhere, that Frankenstein could be considered written in the perspective of a villain. You know, Victor Frankenstein made the monster, so he’s responsible, but I could argue against. As I am sure many of you could too. The point is: Why is it believed to be so difficult to write from a criminals perspective? Does it hit home? Seem to foreign? Uncomfortable?

Somewhere, someone wrote that it just wasn’t possible to tell the story right in that perspective. That the heroin or hero had a more detailed look at the events. But what about the corruption? The darker parts to the story?

When I write I want to focus on the characterization of the players in my little twisted game called story. I want to know motivations, leave behind questions, and give answers or a really bad feeling. Despair, Abandonment and Agony (this is where my philosophy class kicks in) is what every human feels. I want to see characters be as human as possible. Nineteenth century novelists tried to be as realistic as possible. I think they were on to something, but some were too analytical (Try reading: Recalled to Life by Grant Allen, it’s a mess).

What we need in stories and characters is motivation. We need to see determination and emotion, and not corny little quips and loopholes. We need humanity at it’s best, and it’s worst. I want to see a novel where the villain gets a really good back story and we slowly see why the hero was needed in the first place. I want subplot and subtext and reading in between the lines every single line. I want context and pretext and every kind of text there is!

I want a damn good book.

I want a novel with weight. A villain I can hate and sympathize with and in a way root for on some level because I can’t help but be led to understand them. I want to feel bad about it too.

Show me a book that does that. I’d love to read it.

And if I can’t find. Well, damn. I guess I’ll have to write it.

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It’s All in Your Head

It’s All in Your Head

The link I am sharing is actually my first blog. I’ve shared a number of stories with some success, though I’ve been convinced that wordpress would be interesting enough to check out. So here I am, a writer trying to share stories. Please check it out! And hopefully I’ll be able to keep this blog and my old one updated with stories, old and new. I welcome comments, friendly and helpful criticism, and smiles.

Summer for a Writer

So I’ve finally gotten myself out bed after a hectic week or two in order to write some stuff. No stories thus far, but I will work hard to write something soon. The pages of this blog are barren, and frankly it happens a little too much, I think.

I wanted to write a little bit about what’s been going on so far that has kept me away from the blog for so long. Well, finals week came and slapped me in the face. Mind you, I only had two finals, but they were Philosophy and English Grammar. Because everybody knows my grammar is BAD. Anyway, it turns out things were a lot easier on the exams than I would have expected. To the point where I over-studied for no reason. I really hate when Professors do that.

Then there was work, and packing, and did I mention I GRADUATED COLLEGE! Yeah. Four years of scrambling around and driving myself insane with a job, an internship and school work (so many loans) and I finally got a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing. Now I can sleep around all day in my apartment back home with my mom and write forever until I make millions on a novel, right?

WRONG!

I have to find a summer job now, because I am on my way to getting a Masters degree in the Fall. You gotta love being a writer.

I really don’t mind it; actually I’m really happy about it. I’ve always thought of continuing with my education, so I had a lot of paperwork to get through. I’m almost done now with it all and now I want to keep going. I wouldn’t mind one day teaching a creative writing course at a college. I think it would be fun to share what I’ve been taught and help other improve their work, too.

This, of course, means that I’ll be given more incentive for writing more material when the semester comes. I’ve already registered for courses, so it should be interesting. Thorough focus on your work is going to be tough, but I think I can manage taking criticism fairly well. I welcome it, though.

I wanted to also point out a website I’ve been on lately. It’s called Goodreads. I don’t know if anyone uses it, but I think it’s pretty cool. If you enter some of their contests you get free books. It’s really cool because you get read stuff that isn’t really out there yet. I got emailed by an author who gave me a free book, even though I didn’t win the contest. And I won another one a couple of weeks ago, which I am in the process of reading. The whole point of it is to give honest reviews back to the authors, so I’ve been doing that,too. I think it’s great, so if anyone is interested, try it some time. I’ve already gotten three books.

Anyway, I’m up and about now and not working yet, so I will be trying my hand at some new material. So wish me luck guys! And hopefully I’ll be back with some good stuff.

See you soon.

This Lack of Sleep

The one thing they don’t tell you when you’re about to graduate is that sleep does not exist for you.

I don’t even know how I’m awake right now. I’ve completely drowned my face in water just so I could go to class. I have work right after this a copious amount of papers to write before the semester is out. And all I can think about is sleep.

You never really learn until your last year of college, how to appreciate that thing in your room. I forget what it’s called. Oh, yeah A BED. I really wish I was just able to stop existing for about ten hours and just pass out on it. Just cuddle with my pillows under me and surrounding me. I just wanna SLEEP!

This is…so exhausting.

I keep staring at my red book, that’s my journal I use to write my stories, and I can’t touch it. I can’t lay a finger on it because it’ll remind me that I have other work today and right now it’s not my biggest worry. I want to write a story! And I can’t. I have to sit down and write four philosophy papers because this professor decided it’d be funny. I know he did. There’s no way a professor with a decent sense of humor would ever assign four papers back to back to back to back, and then give a final.

I firmly believe this man is crazy.

Honestly, I just want to sleep and study for my grammar exam. Those are my priorities right now.

I’ve been working on this project, a critical edition of a novel no one has ever reviewed. I’ve been staying up until two o’clock every morning (getting up at 8am) and just straight working on it non-stop. I finally got through the writing part. Now I need to draw.

I can’t draw!? The most of ever drawn is anime, and I am not very good at it.

I had a phase. Don’t judge.

Anyway, I managed to finish the first chapter of a story I’ve been working on, before this insanity and exhaustion phase took hold, so I’ll be posting it later tonight. I hope you guys enjoy it!

Comments or critiques are more than welcome.