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First-person POV: Common problems and how to fix them

This blog post covers: What first-person POV is The advantages and disadvantages of using a first-person POV The two main types of first-person POV – embedded and retrospective Common problems and how to fix them The use of first-person POV in ethnography First-person POVs have become increasingly popular in various fiction genres over the past …

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Contextual Distance and Exposition

This post discusses: exposition in ethnography and SFF writing contextual distance, a new concept for understanding the need for exposition the uses of exposition in fiction Exposition What does ethnography have in common with science fiction and fantasy writing? Extensive use of exposition is arguably one point of common ground. SFF authors create new imaginary …

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Filter words: how to include thoughts and feelings in ethnography

This blog post covers: Narrative distance in ethnography Filter words and reported thought Fiction writers are lucky! They have a range of options they can use to describe characters’ thoughts and feelings. In creative non-fiction, there are a few more constraints. We can’t go head-hopping or second guessing the thoughts of characters in a memoir …

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Thinking through points of view (POV) in ethnographic writing

This post: Covers the basics of POV in fiction writing Examines the use of the first person limited in ethnography Discusses possible pitfalls What is POV? Points of view (POVs) are present in all texts. Put simply, they are the position from which the narrative is being told. In academic non-fiction, authors often jump between …