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muggy_mountain suggested in a review that Auron's got all these internal monologues even when he doesn't speak.

I am beginning to find a small challenge. Since Resurrection III is anchored around Lulu's first pilgrimage, it makes some sense to tell the story from Lu's perspective. Also, as I said, I find it easier to write Lulu's thoughts than peek into Auron's skull.

I am badly-overdue for an intimate -- not just physically, but personally -- scene. I've been keeping Auron and Lulu from being able to talk to each other ever since this story began, in various ways: Lulu constrained by a promise to Yojimbo, Yojimbo eavesdropping, the need for Lulu to set feelings aside and focus on getting them past fiends, their friends nearby. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that. Before I started this story I was writing lemons where they just jumped each others' bones for lust, not love. I was having trouble with getting them to talk to each other. NOW they bally well have motivation and material for a heartfelt conversation.

So anyway, I'l totally winging it and I'm not sure what I'm doing next. I have a few ideas for that conversation. However, it was going to be from Lulu's perspective. That's what I've been writing. Muggy's remarks got me to thinking, though. What if I tried an interlude with Auron? Before I go on, stop and drop the camera inside of his skull, see where he is in all this? I'm thinking just one chapter where we find him wrestling with what's happened.

So, here's my question.

1) It's generally bad practice to switch narrative perspectives from one character to another, if the story is otherwise told through one character's eyes. Would it be jarring or enjoyable to switch to Auron-cam for a single chapter?
2) Auron's enigmatic nature and his annoyingly cryptic way of dodging questions is part of his charm. Having the story suddenly from his view strips away that barrier. Is it better, instead, to stick to Lulu-cam and play with double meanings, unsaid truths, and hints about what he's really thinking but refuses to tell her?

I'm not sure if I've got the writing skills to do either one adequately, since writing Auron is giving me more trouble than I'd expected, but I'm wondering what people would enjoy.

I'm guessing that the next chapter should take me a while.



Apr. 26th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
There are some fanfictions out there that started from one character's POV and then switched to another's after certain event happened. I think it is quite acceptable, considering that readers may be interested to look into both characters' heads and see their views on the event that happened.

I have a lot of trouble when it comes to writing Auron's dialogues and perhaps thoughts, probably that is why my story is currently stuck at the point where some mysteries are about to be revealed.

Apr. 26th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
I feel silly that I'd forgotten I started with an introduction from Auron's point of view, thanks Muggy!

What I need to do now is sit down and reread from start to finish, paying attention to the critique and feedback I've gotten so far. I think that by finding my own answers to the questions and concerns some of my reviewers have raised, I may generate some very interesting material to use. It may also help me be careful. To a large extent, I write on instinct and let characters steer things. But sometimes I run into dangerous waters, skirting the edge of that "wish fulfillment" problem that muggy raised.

Besides, reviewers deserve that much. Some of you have been so very generous! :)
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