Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: 1st and 3rd

From: Kerry (
Date: 27 May 2002

At 02:12 PM 5/27/02 +0100, you wrote:
> that's me saying
>no POV is easier/harder to write. When you're writing first person it all
>depends on how deep inside your narrators's head you want to go. Do you
>want him
>to tell the story? Or do you want him to plumb his inner dark depths and
>tear at
>the very fabric of his soul, etc etc?

I've just attended a weekend festival of and about Jewish writers. Mostly local authors, but during a session about poetry and psychopathology, led by a Toronto psychiatrist who himself creates verse in the third person, it was suggested that poets who have committed suicide wrote mostly in the first person. The famous ones anyway, so fame doesn't seem to have tested-out as therapy for depression. The good doctor recommended drugs or psychoanalysis as treatment for those dark spells, while implying that the former (prescription medications of course, not the sort ingested on sidewalks and in washroom stalls, the seeking of which he categorized as counter-productive behaviour) could adversely affect writing talent. Or not. Either he was noncommittal or I was nodding off. Strangely, he did not mention as an antidote, the writing of crime fiction in the third person.


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