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  •  Read many of his as a teen (3+ / 0-)
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    but he's not the first one that comes to mind for that writing technique.  Scott Smith's "A Simple Plan" is a good one for getting inside the mind of an unsympathetic character, for instance.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 07:52:47 PM PDT

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    •  I know one horror magazine editor (4+ / 0-)
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      who told us never to submit any first person stories to him, ever, ever, ever, under any circumstances.  Why?  Because, he said, nobody knows how to do it right and he gets tired of rejecting them.  Too many submitting writers, he said, think it's like third person but with I instead of He.

      Heinlein's first person voice is always very real and personal.  For instance, he doesn't just describe irritating characters that he meets along the way.  He gets personally irritated at them and tells you why he thinks they suck.  

      I can't think of many first person voice writers that do it better.  In fact, I can't think of any at all, off the top of my head, although I'm sure there must be.

      •  First-person voice is more difficult (5+ / 0-)
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        to pull off, agreed.

        Connie Willis can pull off anything she wants to: you want a brilliant first-person short story, check out her award-winning "At the Rialto" in her collection Impossible Things.

        That's one that I reread every couple of years.  It's a comedy, but it is also a paradigm about quantum physics, set at a convocation of quantum physicists.

        It will reset your fractal basin boundaries.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 08:38:58 PM PDT

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