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  •  1st vs. 3rd vs. multiple 3rd (6+ / 0-)

    I like first for flavor and humor because it allows me to editorialize, single third for maximizing suspense because it sharply limits the information the reader has while minimizing the digressions of first, and multiple third for big sprawling stories with a lot of historical context.

    Kelly McCullough - WebMage, Cybermancy, CodeSpell, and MythOS available from ACE books (Penguin)

    by KMc on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 06:59:43 PM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure if 'single third' maximizes (4+ / 0-)

      suspense though--because you can't watch the villain's villainy over his shoulder, and see that he already knows about the heros feeble efforts, and has already embedded the microchip in the mutant fruitfly or whatever.

      I'm struggling with that right now. If I want a few POVs from my villains that basically say: "Bwhahahaha! Watch the hero squirm. But I know just what he's up to, and he's heading into a trap!"

      "After two years of episodic fits and starts, I finally got past the first three paragraphs."

      by GussieFN on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 07:04:41 PM PDT

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