I found myself wondering whose story I had just written when I finished writing my omniscient story. Maybe it was because I chose to write in a literary fiction style that the multiple characters became multiple protagonists and, while they were all dealing with a rather collective situation, they were also dealing with their own problems.
On top of that, some of the main characters disappeared from the story (in other words, death). But then…whose story was this in the end? Let me reflect.
The Beginning Half
Not only did I have a family of four (husband, wife, daughter, son), I had the daughter’s fiance and his twin brother, and then later an evil mastermind was involved along with a sneaky drug-addicted girl.
Basically, I was writing a story about eight people. All of them were, at certain points of the story, given almost equal “screen time” depending on how important their screen time was to the story.
And then at one point, three peasants were involved and they were also given their own screen time.
Around the Middle
Since the story was about the demise of the family of four, their screen time took priority. However, once they started spiraling downwards, I took most of their screen time away to focus on the “villains” of the story.
During times the villains weren’t doing much, I focused back on the family.
Death of characters meant they received no more screen time (unless I was writing a zombie or vampire story which I wasn’t). So, that meant, other characters got more screen time.
The Ending Parts
Once the story neared the end, screen time was now completely devoted to commentary, description, and a few of the remaining villains.
By the end, I wondered whose story this actually was.
Yes, it is a story about the fall of an elite family, but maybe it was also a story about the rise of some of the villains. I also think now that it was a story about a character that never made a real true appearance until the very end.
I can say, however, that reading or writing omniscient really makes you think whose story this is. That’s what is so interesting about omniscient style writing, in my opinion anyway.
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