Ever since I’ve been writing
I’ve read over and over that omniscient viewpoint is old-fashioned, no longer used, that publishers won’t take it, too distant, etc.
It’s not true.
I found that out when I took on viewpoint. At the time, I felt like the viewpoint for Miasma was not right (it was in third), and I couldn’t pin down why. The instructors of the class went into all the viewpoints, but even they didn’t really understand how it worked.
The concept of the all-seeing narrator is difficult to understand, especially when trying to frame it from the perspective of third person. So I went out and hunted down books in omniscient.
What I discovered was quite unexpected
My favorite re-read books were in omniscient.
Every single one of them.
Omniscient viewpoint has this wonderful and warm storytelling quality, like you’re sitting in front of the fire being told a story by a storyteller. In fact, when it’s done well, most readers probably have no idea they’re reading omniscient viewpoint, and writers (and even agents who should know better) have mistaken it for third person.
It’s a beautiful viewpoint to read and work with.
This week’s post was for a prompt from the WANA folks (though I conveniently had a topic that fit right in):
Second Time Around – Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you? ~ Ellen Gregory
Check out everyone else’s:
- Will post these for you as they become available.
And don’t forget to drop in some of my other posts on omniscient viewpoint.