Finding a Voice – by Conor

A decision in writing that I have struggled with was how I wished to give my characters a voice. I originally began writing my story in third person, narrating from the perspective of an onlooker. But after completing some writing in this style, I reread it and it felt sterile in some way. I wanted to bring characters to life, to convey their emotions in a poignant way, and while I can do this well with third person in English, I found myself struggling to do so in German.
I took a while to think, wanting to strategize the best way to tell the story I was trying to tell. I decided to do so in first person, directly from the perspective of the two characters, Nehmet and Lisa. Writing this way, almost as if the story were a series of diary entries (or blog posts) has breathed a bit of new life into the writing. Though it is a bit of a shortcut in trying to tell the story, having the characters be able to express their reactions to events in their lives has added a depth to the narrative I feel it lacked beforehand.
Coming into Thanksgiving break, I have the last large swathe of writing to finish before I re-edit again and complete the final draft. Looking back on the process at this point, it feels good to be a little more confident in my writing abilities than I was at the beginning of the process, and I can’t wait to see what the final version looks like.

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