Point of view can be quite a few things according to rules of writing that I have read lately.
Today, I will show you my first person point of view/POV by participating in my own story. We could also do it together, dear reader, or I could have chosen to show you another person telling a story.
No matter, the perspective, I have chosen this subject, because I am currently working on a novel to be. And I like to mix between a broad range of possibilities to create something intense, something suspect, and something between good and bad.
Seeing the world through different perspectives is also a useful reminder of the importance of remembering to actually live instead of planning my life away.
I sit in my living room which is my favorite place to write these days. Nah, I better show the truth, I have been sitting here a couple of weeks by now. I´m waiting for the right moment to turn on the district heating to save some money.
It is getting expensive to live on a budget. This month has been long, suddenly switching weather conditions and sensitive with nostalgia and deep sorrow.
You should have seen the cloudburst that I and my neighbor went out in on Saturday September 28 2019. That date five years ago i lost my mother. It still hurts like hell, but yet I´m smiling, because she would have wanted me to do just that.
My physical ailments, osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disorder, are busy keeping me awake in the nights, because I seldom use artificial pain killers and only use the absolute most necessary prescription medicine.
But today I hurt too irritating, too long, too much.
There are also many thoughts racing through my mind, but it is okay, I´m in control of my bipolar disorder. I have learned the differences between the highs and the lows, and I have achieved a solid balance in the eye of the hurricane.
The roller coaster still runs like a flooded river, but at least there are a clutch and some brakes as well. So I´m convinced that everything will be okay at some point, and I know that I might as well get familiar with my mood swings, and, on top of that, the mundane pleasures of becoming a Crone, i.e. menopause.
I know that I´m now as good as it gets. The rest is up to me to handle, to learn to live with it speaking frankly. The hard part is, however, unfortunately also for my loved ones to follow up close.
I can see more clearly now what disabilities and ailments can do to a family and friends, and therefore it is so important to me to show them as much as possible, how much I love them and how grateful I am for their presence in my life.
Something much more pleasant is the sweet idea of writing my first novel. It is a work in progress, and my plan A is to write my novel during a year. Plan B etc. may become necessary, but let´s look back in a year to see, how far I´ll manage to stick to plan A.
A fresh look into my notes at this moment would not tell you much, neither would my characters have much to say just yet. But they are in the process of becoming strong and deeply troubled at the same time.
My choice of genre is the psychological thriller. So at the moment I´m researching and preparing my story board for months with intensive outlining and plotting. It is a funny creative process, where a single conversation around the coffee table suddenly appears to feel like a brainstorming session.
I also ask my family, friends and neighbors about their opinions of my writing, and I tell them to be rough and speak their truths. It is a privilege to be read and be constructively criticized.
And one day, dear reader, I´ll ask for your opinion too.
Tonight I´m somewhat tired physically due to my chronic pain from the toll of time on my body. My mental state, however, is in the perfect mode for writing.
Tonight, my music is fast, loud, with thundering drums and a high beat per minute.
Tonight I want to dance across the keyboard in tune with the music and just let my fingers do the talking.
And there has been so many other things to take care of during this day that has gone by extremely fast. Or is it because I´m getting older, and time only seems to gain momentum and speed for every day that passes ?
Right here and now, I finally sit comfortably behind the keys and am able to practice a few techniques behind the scenes.
I write with mixed tenses, i try some different point of views, and I have new notes for my novel to work with after this blog post.
I know I´m probably breaking some rules, but to be able to learn to write well, it to me is necessary to learn from mistakes even more than possible success.
Otherwise, I would never learn to be tough enough to kill my darlings, when it is time for editing that first draft that I´m preparing myself for.
It will be a gigantic journey, and it will demand time, discipline, hard work. But every inch of it is worth it, for I know I would regret it, didn´t I at least give it a solid try.
Today has been another wonderful day in the writing world. Besides writing this, I studied US grammar earlier this morning. It is tough to return to the basics, but I believe it to be necessary to refresh one´s memory from time to time with the tough stuff also. The more, the merrier.
Now it is time to know what to expect from me in October 2019.
What to expect in October 2019
What ? No Halloween ? A writing witch without Samhain ? Of course not, there will be November 1 2019 to tell and show all about that.
As we here in the Northern Hemisphere up North, where the Vikings once roamed, are turning with the Wheel of the Year, so are the seasons changing. We now only need to see the beautiful colors on the leaves on the trees, before it is full-blown fall season here in Denmark.
So I think it is relevant to write about the seasons and how I relate them to other life areas as a witch. And shadow work on the birthday of my late grandfather could not be more specific concerning timing. And that last Friday in October I´ll write about what comes to mind when speaking of witchcraft that day.
- Friday October 4 2019 : The changing seasons
- Monday October 7 2019 : A look into my writer´s notebook
- Friday October 11 2019 : How I relate the changing seasons to other areas of my life
- Monday October 14 2019 : A novel to write during a year
- Friday October 18 2019 : Shadow work
- Monday October 21 2019 : Journal prompts and to do´s for writer´s block
- Friday October 25 2019 : Last Friday in October
- Monday October 28 2019 : Writing like a movie camare and what to expect in November 2019
Regarding writing in October, some of my monthly challenges are to clear clutter in my writer´s notebook and to write a synopsis for my novel. Others are to write my own journal prompts and to do´s for writer´s block, and to try to write so it feels like looking through a movie camera.
My word count goals on this blog continue to be 2,000 words at a time. Preferably also between 1,000 and 2,000 words a day on my novel, when the time comes for the first draft.
I have some lines, a little bit of dialogue, and an idea that is getting more and more intense. It is as if this story wants to be told. But the next couple of months I´ll be spending doing research and outlining and plotting my novel, character development and point of view (or views).
About this blog my goals remain to build it up at my pace, making the best out of what I have, until I have saved enough money to do something more than the most necessary about the technical aspects. Hopefully, I´ll also save some energy to work with it, because it has never been the greatest concern to me.
It is work that needs to be done, that´s it. I care for the quality rather than the quantity of the content, and if my work is good enough, there will be readers. I always try to write with the reader in mind, as I read with the writer in mind.
I care for my audience as a whole, not just some selected few, and I write for the love of the writing process, not for the sake of someone except myself. I choose the road not taken, like Robert Frost.
I like the feeling of looking through a movie camera, when I read a book, and I would love to have it in my own novel. And there is as always with writing only one way forward, and that is hard work and rewrite again and again.
So I practice, I make mistakes, I learn. And I know I´ll be able to write a novel. In a way, writing on a blog is also writing on a kind of ongoing novel.
I look forward to writing you some journal prompts for writer´s block and to show you how I try to do different things when in the risk of getting too close to the point of no return for the block to start to snarl at me.
But most of all, I want to show you that a writer´s notebook needs not be expensive or difficult to build.
To clear away my clutter, I´ve dedicated this week to make my notes tidy and ease to use on a daily basis.
The rest of this blog post, I dedicate to a national poet of ours in Denmark, who passed away a year ago. Kim Larsen was his name. I remember his music, it has been in my life like always.
So to speak about sorrow can mean many different things. I miss my mother for her loving care. I miss Kim Larsen for his beautiful music and fantastic lyrics.
It has been a nostalgic week with many streams of consciousness going on in me.
And now my pain killers finally release me from tensions and muscle cramps. It is about time to call it a day and remain on the couch for the rest of the evening.
I allow myself to also skip the planned grammar for a night. I deserve it, because for the first time in my life I have gone public with my dream, which is about writing a novel in a language different from my own.
I believe I can write better in English than in my native Danish.
I believe I can write a novel worth reading.
And I believe in meeting people all over the world, where they are in the present moment.
With a past that is a constant, a future no one can promise you, there is only the present moment to live life to its fullest.
And please do that, dear reader, never back down on the quest for happiness, inner peace, a good health and kindness.
Time is too short to remain status quo. We are always told to change what we cannot accept, and that we need to accept what we cannot change.
So go out there and change this world. Accept that change is here to stay permanently whatever we want it to or not.