kiwisue (kiwisue) wrote in ci5_boxoftricks,


OK, I have stalled. My Easter was spent dashing my head against walls (figuratively) and wondering what the hell I think I'm doing.

Main problem - I have a new character to introduce. He's important to the storyline but he has a lot of background that (I think) makes it easier to understand him, puts the reader in a better position vis a vis certain historical details, creates atmosphere, etc

I've already done what I think is a fairly hefty whack of exposition that needs to be refined down. I don't want to use up too much story space with 'stuff' (dialogue and...) that serves no more purpose than to give a character portrait. He isn't (I think) going to feature heavily in scenes, it's just that the tone of the story will be different if the reader doesn't "get" him.

So I'm thinking of inserting one single scene which is written from his POV. More than that, I'm wondering about using present tense (which I'm not using for the rest of the story), just to get him in the frame, so to speak. I'm after opinions - I'm OK with changing POV, but first person present ETA:sorry, that should be third person, as in "John Smith watches the xxxxxxxx"? What do people think about that?

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