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    What POV to use

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Erato, Mar 15, 2012.

    I'm planning a futuristic story concerning people who haul fuel to provide the comfort of the upper classes. I've developed several characters, who are listed below, and I'm constructing a tentative plot.

    Mel Simon, a Revolutionary
    Dash Getto (cover name), a Provocateur
    Tree Beals, a Simpleminded Hauler
    Wilfred Barrett, a Sunken Aristocrat
    Fidel Garcia, the Foreman
    Anton Posokhov, the Guard

    Don't worry, they're developed much further than that. The character of Wilfred is part plot device, to provide a newbie who's unused to camp life, so that everything can be explained to him. ;)

    The main question I have is, how should the story be narrated? I've ruled out first person, because I can't bring myself to choose one character absolutely over the others. I'm also tentatively ruling out 3rd limited, for the same reason. So do you think I should write it in 3rd omniscient, or switching 3rd limited?

    The second question is, can you suggest a better last name for Fidel? (I mean, everyone is going to think Castro, but that is not what I had in mind.) I don't like Garcia because, like "Getto," it starts with a G and that's going to get mildly confusing.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I think 3rd omniscient would suit your story well. Also, when Fidel comes to mind I can't help but think of Viola.. see if you can see what I did there. (;
     
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    3rd person limited (switching between different viewpoints) tends to work well for sci-fi. I personally like it a lot because you get to see their different perspectives of the world, but you aren't as limited as with 1st person.

    As far as Fidel goes, I think a longer name will 1) Distance your character from "Fidel Castro" 2) You can still start with G and it won't resemble "Getto."
     
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    You mean "fiddle" and "viola" as in the two instruments?
     
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    You mean "fiddle" and "viola" as in the two instruments?
     
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    Correcto mundo.~
     

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