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Writing in third person

PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:56 pm
by hoganpl
Hello, sorry for double posting this but I posted it over in the YA Critique group I think by accident.

I have a story where 5 individuals will be dropped into a place in ancient times.

Since the characters have no working knowledge of the customs can the writer describe why things are happening.

The town is having a festival. The party does not know why, so can you put into the scene that the King had declared a holiday even though no one has told the party that.

If they are on a boat going down a canal, the writer can describe how big you they see the canal it but could you explain why it was so big?

Thank you in advance for all of your help with this neophyte along the way.

Pat

Re: Writing in third person

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:17 am
by pls
I'll delete the cross post.

Re: Writing in third person

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:07 pm
by CreativeHeart75
I think you can, by describing what they see. I would, for example, explain what kinds of things are going on around them. There is a festival, is there music and food? Are there merchants or peddlers? Will there be a time it might be revealed either by one of the party asking someone or the group somehow hears why or possibly sees a notice on a sign or something?

Does that make sense? Hope it helps.