One of the common questions I receive when teaching fiction writing classes goes something like this: “I’m writing a story, and I’d like to know the best way to tell it. I’ve heard about viewpoint, but I don’t really know what my choices are. Can you explain?”
There are three particularly useful viewpoints: first person, third-person limited, and omniscient. First person is the most intimate because you tell the story yourself, using “I” for the main character and sticking to that character’s story. Third-person limited is similar, but you’re telling the story about someone else; you call them by name or “he” or “she.” In omniscient viewpoint, you are all-knowing—you can write about anything!
Choose your viewpoint based on your preference and also which one best serves the story. For example, a very emotional story might work best in first person, while a complex adventure with many characters would be easiest in omniscient. A great way to find the perfect viewpoint is to write the same scene three times, once for each viewpoint, and see which you like best.
When you need to make a presentation at school, to your boss, or to some other group, does your heart beat a little faster, do your hands get cold, and do you have a fluttery feeling in the pit of your stomach? Those reactions are totally normal—but what makes the difference between stressed-out and successful is how you interpret these symptoms.
For example, Person A might think: “I’m scared out of my mind. What if I blow it? This could be my whole career right here. I can’t do this!” Person A is a wreck by the time he or she begins the presentation. In contrast, Person B thinks: “I’m so excited! What an opportunity to get my name and face up in front. This is really going to boost my career. I can’t wait to get started!” Person B has a much greater chance of giving a top-notch presentation.
You have direct control over how you interpret the events around you. That’s a simple truth, but it takes practice to achieve. Over a lifetime, we get into the habit of looking at things either optimistically or pessimistically. So the first step in managing stress about all situations is to take the time to become aware of your tendencies—and then work hard to change them.
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There are a few methods to consider for strumming through the strings of your guitar. If you’re using a guitar pick, grasp it between your thumb and index finger. Point it slightly upward when you down-strum, and use a very light stroke so the pick won’t get caught or hang up in the strings.
Another method is to use one or more of your fingernails. As you strum, just push your finger or fingers down and outward. Your sound will be thicker if you strum with two or even three fingers. This way, you get more than one nail surface raking across the strings. Use a very light stroke as you softly brush your nail (or nails) down through the strings.
When using your thumbnail for strumming, angle it so that it points slightly up. This way, when you down-strum, your thumbnail won’t get caught in the strings. Use a very light stroke, and softly brush your thumbnail down through the strings while rotating your wrist in a relaxed manner.
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