“Every story is first person, whether the speaker identifies himself or not.” James Moffett

Just as you recognise a good friend’s laughter across a loud and crowded party, readers instantly recognise your voice in a story or novel. Your writing voice is unique. It stands out.

Sometimes readers will say they like your style—what they’re really saying is they like what you have to say. Is it fun? Radical? Full of hope, or edged with darkness?

Portraits and landscapes

In first person stories, you character will take on your unique voice in his throat—in his narration, his dialogue, everything. In third person, you as the author step outside the frame of the story and let the characters carry your voice from page to page. It is still your voice. Think of it this way. Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear would be first person and Starry Night would be third person. Both remain unmistakably Van Gogh pieces.

Deep power

When you write in your real voice, it has power. The writing flows better. It makes people sit up and take notice. When you write a story or a novel, you’re really just having a conversation with them. It won’t matter if you use first or third person if you don’t have anything to say.

Join us for A View to a Skill - Viewpoint Made Easy - A Writers Write Workshop on 22 June 2014

Watch out for Part 2 of our Viewpoint Miniseries on next’s weeks blog. 

by Anthony Ehlers



My name is Hazel.
Augustus Waters was the great star-crossed love of my life.
Ours was an epic love story, and I won’t be able to get more than a sentence into it without disappearing into a puddle of tears. Gus knew. Gus knows. I will not tell you our love story, because—like all real love stories—it will die with us, as it should. I’d hoped that he’d be eulogizing me, because there’s no one I’d rather have… Okay, how not to cry. How am I—okay. Okay. I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.



Here’s the Teen space at Elmhurst Public Library AKA my new home base!

Whenever I move I immediately go to the public library to scope out their collections of my favorite genres and wowwwwww. Guys I’m not going to run out of books to review until I graduate. They have a shelf and half of Hopkins!

Big or small I love teen spaces. Upload pics of your local library’s teen collection and tag it #htbh teen spaceFor the next week I’ll reblog them! Be sure to include where the photo was taken and your favorite book in the collection. 


Anonymous asked:

What sort of information should you come up with when writing about a fantasy race? How in-depth should you go into creating a culture for them?

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment answered:

I would argue… very in depth. It’s important that your reader gets a good feel for how this race lives a daily life… and what kind of things they do, say or believe that makes up their whole world.

Here are some resources to help you out with that:



Race/Culture Creation

Obligatory Cultural Appropriation Warning


I think this should at least be a good start… best of luck…!

- enlee