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‘The Fault in Our Stars’ offers lesson in perspective

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Hey, it’s been kind of quiet around here lately. That’s because this writer took some time out for a few days to settle down and read a good book.

(Flickr: Graeme Law)

(Flickr: Graeme Law)

Of course, it’s important for writers to read. It’s what helps fill the creative writing well that we call upon for inspiration.

Reading always leaves me feeling refreshed and grateful to have learned something new.

This weekend I read “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.

I had to — it seems everyone has been talking about the book and the movie, so I felt I should give it a look.

Just a few chapters in and I loved the main character’s voice.

Hazel lives on the page immediately with the way she is conveyed through her speech.

She is typical teen, spouting typical “teen-isms” with a strategically-placed “ums,” “likes” or “whatevers” here and there for good measure.

She is in good hands with Green, who knows his heroine’s heart deeply.

In knowing Hazel, he also understands his young adult reader — knows her needs and fears and frustrations. He speaks to his readers through Hazel and I believe that is why this story has struck literary gold.

As I mentioned in a previous post, having a handling on a character’s perspective is such an important aspect of writing.

Readers are fickle, very discerning creatures and they will be able to sense the “disconnect” if something about your narrative or voice just doesn’t fit.

Click here for ideas on how you, too, can see the world from your characters’ eyes.

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at EducatedWriter.com and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at kerrismabee.com. Follow @EducatedWriter. 

Kerri S. Mabee

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