small stones – April 28, 2016


a strange, unusual, rambling early morning small stone…

a friend asked me why I rarely write fiction in first person
the simplest explanation is I generally write about other characters and the *I* seems far too personal
but I don’t think the explanation is so simple anymore
my poetry is almost always personal
I bleed on the page, shed skin and veins and become mere bones
maybe I am scared of putting too much of me into my works of fiction
I distance myself from the characters I write so that they can live their own lives and not the strange, dark life I exist in
otherwise, all of my characters would be the same – melancholy, withdrawn, sad, slightly demented, perhaps
or maybe all of this is merely bullshit
and I am sure to change opinions tomorrow


14 thoughts on “small stones – April 28, 2016

  1. BunKaryudo says:

    I guess writers are going to be influenced by their own experiences, but I think the danger is smothering all individuality in their characters so they all seem the same (i.e. strangely like the writer).

  2. pluviolover says:

    I like this. Maybe cuz I have the same problem with 1st person. Thanks for a good one.

  3. calensariel says:

    I write so that they can live their own lives… That’s an amazing thing to realize.

  4. Aneesh says:

    Writing in first person is always interesting ๐Ÿ™‚
    I did write few stories but mostly poems..
    You made me think of all the old posts i write with this I!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. SD Gates says:

    I have found it very difficult to write in first person. I guess I will now have to wonder why that is.

  6. Soul Gifts says:

    I find I write fiction often in a story telling first person, but my characters are nameless. What does that say about me ?! I don’t know. That’s just the way my stories usually emerge.

  7. j1818 says:

    I’m enjoying your blog and poetry! I’m new to blogging and would love to ask you some questions! How can I contact you directly? I’m honored that you are following my blog, however, you’re doing so at it’s old address. Book Junkie is now Book Junkie Reviews at
    Hope to hear back from you!

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