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Ask a Literary Consultant

Literary consultant Helen Corner-Bryant explains a structure exercise to help your story soar… and potentially sell

Q ‘I’ve got an idea for a novel but I’m not sure which viewpoint to use – first person or third – and which one is more popular with publishers?’

A This is less about what the publisher prefers and more about which viewpoint is right for your story and your main character (MC). Do you find it more effective to get under the skin of your MC using first person, or find the flexibility of intimate third person – the effect of the narrative lens zooming in and out – more fluid and engaging?

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Make this the month you make your dreams real and start becoming a writer in the Get Serious issue, with advice on: • How a change of attitude will help you, and the wider world, take your writing seriously • How to stay motivated past the difficult mid-novel slump • Money matters: Are you charging enough for your freelance writing? PLUS How to make sense of your royalty statements Cover star Jake Arnott tells us about finding the stories and characters that society overlooks and we explore the style and technique of forensic crime superstar Patricia Cornwell Get your work out there with opportunities to get published and competitions with more than £60,000 total prize money in 20 packed pages of Writers' News. All this plus our definitive guide to writing festivals, courses and other events for 2017