Monday, 21 November 2011

MONDAY MAGIC - Cynthia Vespia



Cynthia Vespia

    Have you ever re-invented yourself? They say you can change who you are every second of the day. For me it has happened roughly three times prior (and I have the tattoos marking those transitions in my life permanently). Change is good even though most of us are uncomfortable with it.
   At the close of 2011 I am re-inventing myself once more. The focus on my writing has doubled with an effort to really harness the reigns of my career and drive it towards the projects that I feel passionately about. It will be a busy year as my graphic design and video editing services become more “author friendly.” I am knee deep in edits for my thriller set in the seedy underbelly of my hometown of Las Vegas; and the crown jewel of all of it begins with the re-release of the Demon Hunter Series.

    My dark fantasy trilogy came out in 2009 as an e-book and was originally met was some splendid reviews. The start of 2012 will see the re-birth of Demon Hunter in print editions as well as standard e-book format for Kindle, Nook, etc. Along with the first two in the series, The Chosen One and Seek and Destroy, the series will be concluded with the never before released third installment titled Heroes Call.

    I'm proud to say that Demon Hunter is some of my finest work. What I enjoyed most about writing it was the POV or the viewpoint I took to tell the stories. Originally I started with a third-person perspective but halfway through I knew something wasn't working. When I switched to first-person everything clicked and the story flowed seamlessly.

    When I recently began writing my latest thriller I opted to take that same route. This time I threw out all my standard rules. I gave up the outline, the character breakdown, everything. I'd heard author Dean Koontz describe this as his writing style and I wanted to give it a try. Surprisingly I've not only put out a great deal of work from this process but it also re-ignited my creativity. I have had more fun writing this particular novel than I have had in a long while.

    I've always approached my writing, or any new task really, with the thought of learning the rules and then adapting what works for me. Sometimes you might even need to throw out the rules completely.
    That's the beauty of fiction. Whether you're writing or reading it you can suspend your disbelief and leave the structure of reality for a little while.

    So how do you know what voice to lend to a particular story? I try not to think about it too much. Particularly now that my little experiment has worked out so well for me I am not about plotting any longer. Just the spark of an idea to lead me on my way. I let the story tell itself. It's fascinating and fun to see what happens next, as if I'm reading it for the first time myself.

    Some novels might be more complex than others and its at that point that I will go back through during the editing phase and flush out the sticky points. I believe now that with a fully developed world, and realistic characters, the story will find itself and come together. If it needs an extra nudge along the way or during editing so be it. My Muse and I will work overtime. Sleep is overrated anyway.

    This process is not so new to me, I used to go off the cuff all the time when I first started writing. Weren't we all something of little rebels when we were younger? Somewhere along the way I got bogged down in the mechanics of it all. It is very freeing to be able to return to my roots and even more freeing to take charge of my talent and my projects in a way that I always envisioned them being.

    Telling the story in first-person anchors me to the character a little bit more than if I used third-person. I feel a decided interest in this person as I write out their thoughts and emotions through their own eyes. Obviously if you are writing a multi-character novel first-person probably wouldn't work. Or would it? I don't know of anyone who has tried it but I can see where it would become confusing for the reader. But I'm not above experimenting. Like I said, throw out the rules...make some of your own.

I thank Maggie for having me on her blog today and when I do guest blogs I like to approach it with tidbits for my fellow authors and the readers out there. So I'd like to know which POV do you prefer to read and/or write in? I'm comfortable with all styles (though I've never really used second-person before.) First-person is a little more intimate to me but no matter what the characters I've developed over the years have all remained with me no matter what the genre, plot, or POV.

Please leave a comment or a question. Those of you who do will be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of one of my novels so remember to leave an email where we can contact you if you win.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful holiday season, and whatever you choose to do have a safe and satisfying new year. And as always Live Your Dreams!!!   

Cynthia writes character driven suspense and fantasy novels. She is also the owner and operator of Original Cyn Advertising which caters to all your promotional needs.

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Maggie Nash said...

Thanks so much for dropping by today Cynthia! I have to say that I am rather partial to third person POV, although I'll read first person. It depends on the genre for me I think. A good mystery is always better when you don't know what's happening in everyone's head.

I'm not much of a fan of first person narrator POV although I always remember Agatha Christie's "The Murder of Roger Akroyd"


which was very controversial when it came out because the murderer was the narrator. Personally I loved that plot twist and never saw it coming! You can do this sort of thing with first person.

However in romance I much prefer third person. It is so much easier to get the 5 senses engaged, for me anyway.

Again, thanks for coming to my blog today!

Suzanne Brandyn said...

I used to head hop, change POV and never realised. These days POV is usually only the heroines, although the hero may have a scene or two. lol.. I'm a third person POV person, but have read of late first person. One day I may give lst person a try. Who knows. :)

Loved reading the post, very intersting.

Paula Roe said...

Hi Cynthia!

I just love reading 1st person POV - especially when I'm reading a women's fiction. Sophie Kinsella does it so well, you actually feel like her heroine.

1st PPOV also works great with UF and paras, I've found. Kinda feeds into the "I wanna be a kick-ass chick too!" :)

Paula Roe said...

duh - should add... 1st PPOV would definitely be my 1st choice to write in (will get around to it one day!). Category romance doesn't really lend itself to the style, even though I do have a Stephanie Bond Blaze in 1st P (not yet read it... so behind on my TBR!)

Shannon Curtis said...

Hi Cynthia

Congratulations on your new release, it sounds very interesting! Your approach to writing sounds very liberating, so thanks for sharing that.
When it comes to POV, I think I prefer more of a 3rd person point of view. I like to read what's going on in his head, or her head. Maybe because I'm picturing characters in my head as I read, and there is a distance. For me, 1st person doesn't always gel, depending on the author's voice. If the author's voice is similar to mine, it's okay. I think when the author's voice is so different to mine, I have problems as then I'm in the position of the character - and not watching them from my mind's movie eye. At least, that's how it feels to me - Someone else's thoughts in my head. I'm sure a shrink would have a field day!
Anyway, that's my 2c.
Good luck with Heroe's Call - I'll keep an eye out for it!

Coleen Kwan said...

I like reading both 1st person and 3rd person POV, but I've never written in 1st person simply because I've been afraid of limiting my story.

I have read one book which alternated between 1st person (the heroine) and 3rd person (the hero). I could see the necessity for the plot (a mystery) but it was jarring to read.

Judy Neumann said...

Thanks, Cynthia. I spent a lot of my childhood in Las Vegas so I understand that 'seedy underbelly' comment.

As for POV, it's difficult to write in first person because of the restrictions. I do, however, love reading it if it's done well!

Cynthia Vespia said...

Thanks for everyone's comments so far and thank you Maggie for having me.

A couple of good points were made. Paula mentioned how 1st person POV wouldn't work in category romance. I can concur with that. Specific genres have specific styles of writing that people are used to reading. But again...I like to break the rules :)

Also Colleen brought up a story where the heroine was in 1st person and the rest were 3rd person. I wondered about doing just that sort of thing. You said it was jarring...I could see where that might happen.

And Shannon, I guess I enjoy writing first person for the same reason you don't like reading it as much. I get in the character's head alot more.

I have a special excerpt in first person from Demon Hunter over at my blog if you'd like to have a read:

Cynthia Vespia said...

December 1st...time to pick a winner!
After a random roll of the dice my winner is Shannon!
Congratulations Shannon, you've won a FREE copy of one of my novels.
And thanks again Maggie for having me here :)