- Feb 13, 2011
- In your bedroom wardrobe...
And another 33%: "Look! Dagger!"...Too verbose. You could cut 25% by saying "Look -- a dagger!"
Amazon and Orbit both appear to define as novel as 50,000+ words. So I shouldn't worry about it - every story only needs as many words as will tell it.Once I've finished, either I'll have a novella, or a really tight fantasy story.
Ah, a very good point. Tidying up while writing a first draft is a dangerously bad habit - and one better ignored.I believe ... in letting the muse run riot, for the creativity she brings, and then editing for the conciseness it brings to make it readable.
This is where I will always disagree with you. If every story were cut down to only the number of words that it took to tell it, there wouldn't BE any novels. And they would all read as if they came from the same author. Which they would, that being Necessity.I shouldn't worry about it - every story only needs as many words as will tell it.
Don't worry PH, I got itAm I being dumb or missing a joke here? I don't get the dagger stuff.
It was Macbeth who said;
'Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand?
Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.'
I was trying to be funny.
Her look, sharp as her dagger."The look she gave me was as sharp as her dagger."
"She looked at me as sharp as her dagger."
Seems to me the second is more chunky.
Not if the narrative is in very close third person (sometimes described as first person narrative using third person verbs and pronouns), however, where the narrative is designed to match the PoV character.I would say that if this were narrative then cutting it down would make little difference. Cut to your heart's content.
Third and third close do not require that the POV character be the narrator.Not if the narrative is in very close third person (sometimes described as first person narrative using third person verbs and pronouns), however, where the narrative is designed to match the PoV character.
Requires it, perhaps not. Is made more immersive by it, often yes. In any case Ursa specified "very close third" (which might not be defined in a dictionary, but which is often used on Chrons), in which character voice is pretty much a given.Third and third close do not require that the POV character be the narrator.
Voice should be only one consideration when deciding whether to use close third or first. They are very different beasts.And if you were to go that route then you might strongly consider using first person, because there would be no difference when you slip that far into voice.