For the longest time I’ve had a fear of using the narrator voice while writing.
As I write mostly fantasy, horror, and science fiction, I’m sure this fear comes from being told show don’t tell and of the dreaded info dump.
I spent the latter months of 2018 dealing with this fear.
I knew a couple things would have to change in my writing, and mindset, to fix this.
I would have to let the narrator speak what needed to be said and I would have to stop worrying about info dumps. Sometimes a small info dump is needed in a story.
When dealing with an info dump, I’ve made sure it’s either a character explaining things or if I’m using the narrator, it’s in small chunks.
I also didn’t want to sound pretentious. Which is something my wife says I’ve done with the narrator.
I read a lot of books this past year, and I took to analyzing how the author would speak with the narrator, either in description or in regards to world building.
The Wheel of Time series writer by Robert Jordan and finished Brandon Sanderson are a few of the best examples of this.
I love how Jordan does narrator voice. I don’t feel like there is an info dump when he’s world building and the narrator is consistent throughout the books I’ve read in the series. I’m on book 5 in the series.
With horror, it’s the same. I looked for how the author differentiated between the narrator voice and character voice. Doing this helped my writing a lot.
From the end of September until the end of November I focused solely on improving my narrators and how they dealt with the world.
These stories turned out well and I’m happy with them. I only wish I would have done it years ago instead of being afraid.
I’ll be talking about how I did this for the month of January.
What did you improve upon in your writing or life the past year?
Let me know in the comments.