There is a type of storytelling that appears to be phasing out of modern literature. This is the method of using the omniscient ?God? narrator who discerns the thinking- and feeling- process of all the characters in the story. It is also described as the method of ?shifting perspectives? whereby in a single scene, the reader ?watches? the unfolding events through the eyes and mind of two or more characters. Occasionally, the author adds his/her own ?voice? to the story by talking directly to the reader. Two popular examples of this type of storytelling taken from extreme literature genres include the Jane Austen stories and the Star Wars novelizations. This method is rarely used in fan fiction; in the one example that I am aware of, the writer was advised to ?correct? it. The more popular methods of fan fiction narration are the 1st person narrative, used especially in introspective stories; or the 3rd person, point-of-view narrative, where the gist of a scene is restricted to the physical and mental perspective of one character only. I brought up this topic to sample opinions on how this method of narration, as well as others, is viewed: Is the method of ?shifting perspectives? essentially outdated - and if so, can any method of writing (other than in a ?dead? language) be classified as outdated? Does it remain the writer?s prerogative to tell the story as (s)he sees fit - with emphasis laid on the reader?s understanding of the tale and not the method of telling? More generally speaking, which methods of writing do you as a fan fiction writer find ?easier? or more challenging? And which do you as a fan fiction reader find more appealing? ________________________ 8 Jun I'm unlocking this thread because I think it can still be useful as a workshop for writers who use or want to use less conventional writing styles like omniscient PoV, author's 'voice', 2nd person, present tense, misjointed sentences, etc. This thread has always been a workshop thread. Apart from general advice and examples, excerpts are permitted by writers who want feedback on their work, and concrit is expected from the fellow thread posters. A few guidelines for all thread participants: 1, Keep in mind that an excerpt is not a finished work but a draft that a writer is uncertain about. Hence links and titles should not be included. 2, For starters, try and keep the excerpt down to less than 500 words. 3, Keep in mind that concrit is respectfully worded 'constructive criticsm' of a piece. 4, There is an art to giving concrit. All concrit must include both positive feedback (the parts that worked) and negative feedback (the parts that did not work). 5, Remember this is a thread for 'unconventional' styles. So advise like: "Re-write the Padme Ruminations scene from a limited 3rd person PoV" is not what the writer is looking for. More appropriate concrit are: "Why don't you write it with Padme as the 1st person PoV and not Anakin" or "Instead of shifting PoVs in the scene, why don't you use an omniscient narrator's voice to narrate the scene from both their views?". 6, There is an art to receiving concrit. Remember that putting up your work here means you do expect public concrit. Please be guided. Ground rules laid, then let the fun begin!