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Topic: Story in you-form?

From: Vorkbaard
Location: Netherlands
Date: 09/09/2008

Hi Greg, another question. (I'm not going to bother you with all of my questions because I'd rather have you writing new books than writing answers on this blog ;))

You wrote some stories in 'he' form, some in 'she' (you're good at that, I think) and some from different characters' viewpoints. Most books are in past tense, but Legacy (or was it Eternity?) is in present tense ("he climbs" in stead of "he climbed").

It's very refreshing to see you change viewpoints and tenses every now and then. Will you ever write a story in second person singular form, making the reader the main character? (I don't mean a letter exchange, in which two people talk to each other.)

Re: Story in you-form?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/09/2008

Possibly--but for now, I'll leave that to Charlie Stross, who does this quite well in HALTING STATE.

Re: Story in you-form?

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 09/15/2008

This came up recently, and was fairly discussed, at Dan Simmons' Writing Well forum.

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