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How do you normally write up your works? Do you focus on backgrounds, or are you more for character emotion? Do you head for a "script" dialogue heavy style, or is action more your thing?
I myself find character emotion to be my platform. I like to play upon what the character feels and thinks at a certain time, almost always giving small detail to where they physically
. Oh, I tell you where they are in the beginning, but I don't continue to emphasize, not often anyway. I find I don't like them to talk
much either. It's their actions that matter to me more.
Before, I write in the third person POV but now, I do use the first person. I focus on both--the environment/setting and character thoughts. Most of my works will include paragraphs full of descriptions of these. Whenever I put dialogues, it appears seldom.
Also, when I am working on a certain fic, I tend to 'rehearse' lines in my head ^^
When it comes to point of view, I tend to alternate a lot.
Most or my description work when it comes to background wise seems to be character design, once again, I don't seem to focus too much on where someone is so much as what they are doin'....I used to be very technical in backgrounds and description on where a character was, especially in combat, but after a while I realized, with the help of a reviewer, that I was taking away from the story.
My style tends to mix dark humor with angst and suspense/action, my descriptions take that tone of a sarcastic cynic in narrator "third person" mode, but most of my Romance/Comfort/Friendship scenes seem to take place in the first person, odd hmm?
I tried writing before in the first person POV, but contrary to what it seems, it is tougher than third person. Not only is it restraining to the things I (as the narrator) could say but the character wouldn't say, there's a high tendency to have the character making an OOC comment in any parts of his narration. With the third person POV, it's so much easier and relaxing. Writing your story in the first person POV is definitely a craft that needs to be mastered.
I tend to focus more on my characters' actions and words, too. As with you, I rarely explain the background consistently unless it's a new setting the story has moved on to. The characters' motions are especially important for me, as is their interaction with each other. My problem, however, is that I often prone to melodrama. I often make my characters feel the worst sadness in the world, so it is inevitable that certain melodrama is to be felt. Regardless, I do try my best to keep it within the borders of how real people would feel.
Melodrama is the reason I spurt out dark humor. It's a tiny way to diffuse when I go deep into the darkness, but I also tend to use that background that I rarely describe as a weapon. Making the day and surroundings bright really does shatter a dark mood if it gets too heavy.
Though I do admit, much of what I write ends up being a doom and gloom, but I give my characters some random happy moments, the tension bursters. Things like parties or nights out with friends, comrades, I like to think of these characters as human beings, in need of a break every once and a while.
It's dangerous, I know, but; It does allow me to more accurately depict a believeable storyline, one that skirts by melodrama and at
As for first person, I don't generally find it hard, mainly because I break that little rule I mentioned earlier to connect with my characters, but I do tend to stick to third person, just as a general rule. It helps to make sure I can employ foreshadowing more effectively.
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