Omniscient Business Plots Fresh Toast #FridayRecommends

You are never gonna believe this. Guess what happened. Guess. Okay, don’t guess, ’cause you can’t. This guy from England contacted me through this website and suggested a post on his blog for Friday Recommends. Here, look:

From: Martin Cavannagh 
Subject: Your Friday Recommendations

Message Body:
Hi Marian,

I'm Martin from Reedsy – a small publishing network based over in London. 

I've just published something that I hope you’ll find suitable for your Friday recommendations feature. It's a comprehensive guide to the pros and cons of writing in Third Person Limited and Third Person Omniscient.

It was created in response to questions a lot of our authors would ask and it covers a lot of the benefits of writing from both viewpoints — although all the editors we spoke to weren't fans of authors using an omniscient narrator!

Our designer Matt even came up with a fun comic-style infographic to illustrate the main points.

I hope this is something your readers might find of interest. Please do get in touch if you have any questions at all.

All the best,


Well, Martin, your hopes are well-founded, because I read the post and it’s super! Y’all go look at it and see what else Reedsy has to offer.

Friday RecommendsWriter Unboxed is all about the craft and business of writing fiction. Nothing about the agony, boredom, humiliation, or vindictive satisfaction, but lots about the craft and business. Great stuff, too, especially the polls, when you can vote on whether you like certain work or not. Fun for readers as well as writers.

Did you ever hear of Plotto? I had never heard of it before yesterday. It’s a book, written in 1928, that Alfred Hitchcock and Erle Stanley Gardner swore by. Brain Pickings tells all about it. Me, I’m waiting until somebody makes an app out of it. Anyone? Anyone?

Now my favorite school fundraiser has got to be World’s Finest Chocolate. I’ve been known to stop my car and chase children down the street screaming, “TAKE MY MONEY!!!” But I have a new favorite — theoretically, since I haven’t seen it in practice, although I’d love to. It’s called FarmRaiser, and it pairs schools with local farms to provide fresh, local products to the buyers. Yeah, I’d take some of that.

And then, and then, and then, I WOULD TOAST IT! Here’s another thing I never heard of until this week. Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags! You make your sammich, right, and you put it in this bag, right, and you put it in the toaster and make grilled cheese in the toaster! Or put whatever in and make grilled whatever! I gotta get somma these. Totes!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about toast. It’ll be fun!




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Omniscient Business Plots Fresh Toast #FridayRecommends

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    November 18, 2016 at 4:11pm

    Never heard of third person omniscient – does he mean omniscient pov?

    I’ve learned my pov and person from Orson Scott Card’s book on Characters and Viewpoint (?). You’ve read how it works for me.

    Also, not even sure what you mean by third person limited, but not everyone calls things by the same names.

    I write third person-multiple or single, depending on how many characters I have in a story. I think first person works especially well for detective stories where you discover things along with the detective.

    I’m not all that fond of multiple first person – yanks my poor tired brain around too much.


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      Marian Allen

      November 19, 2016 at 8:15am

      Third person limited, I would think would be looking at the character from the outside and limiting the POV to only what the character is externally aware of. Third person omniscient, I would think would be the narrator/reader being aware of everything, internal and external, that the character is aware of, plus things the character is not aware of: his shadow motivations, prejudices of which she is unaware, things happening around him he doesn’t notice. That could be tied to one character, or it could encompass all the characters or each of the characters in turn.

      The only time multiple first person has really worked brilliantly for me is in Wilkie Collins’ THE MOONSTONE, and that was one first-person narrator in one section, then a different one in the next section, each telling what he or she knows of the story in a report to a detective. One of my favorite books EVER.

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  2. Jane

    November 20, 2016 at 7:13am

    Great recommends.
    For wex:
    While reading the writing post, I learned that Ursula Le Guin’s book about reading had been completely rewritten in 2015. Still a bit pricey for me, but something to consider someday, eh?

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