To all my US readers, Happy Thanksgiving! To everyone else, um, happy Thursday! (Wow, what a concept.)
Before I sign off for the weekend, there’s one last question to answer:
J Parker Haynes wrote:
Let’s say we have a story with only two characters of consequence. In keeping with current events, let’s call them Obama and Hillary. Now we’re writing this story entirely from Obama’s POV. Must every Goal/Conflict/Disaster be Obama’s, or can some be Hillary’s as seen from Obama’s POV? Or is there something I’m not seeing and this is a stupid question?
Randy sez: What ridiculous names these characters have! Nobody names their kid Obama or Hillary. Where did you get these?
Typically, you want the disaster to be a disaster for your POV character. That’s one strength of multi-POV stories–you can spread the disasters around more evenly. Of course, not every scene can end in a disaster. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your POV character has a victory in a given scene. But you can always try to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by making it turn to ashes, somehow. Often this involves some sort of a sideways jump in the storyline. Somehow, some way, you can put a cloud on that silver lining
By the way, getting back to dear Hillary. Those of you who’ve read my novel OXYGEN will know that on page 41, one of my characters gets a call from the president, who turns out to be a female. I didn’t actually name the president, but I had in mind Hillary. The scene is set in the summer of 2012, and so I knew that whoever gets elected in 2008 will be that president, and my calculations said it would be Hillary. I wrote that scene (not my coauthor John Olson) back in 1999, so I’ll get the credit when it turns out to be true. Ya heard it here first: H.C. in 08.
Enough for today. Catch you all next Monday morning, if I’m able to think coherently by then.