Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

October 13, 2009

Can a Writer Be Anyone or Anything?

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 8:47 AM

Maeve Maddox writes about a writers’ workshop session at which a minor, but much-published author warned participants against creating POV (point of view) characters of the opposite sex.

Maddox disagrees and says such a policy places an extraordinary limitation on writers of fiction.

He sites several examples of successful titles that, if their authors had followed such a limiting dictum as write only from your own point of view and personal experience, would not have seen the light of day:

Silas Marner by George Eliot (Marian Evans)
woman writing from POV of poor male weaver

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
American man writing from Japanese woman’s POV

A Great Deliverance, By Elizabeth George
American woman writing from British male detective’s POV

And then authors who have crossed the species barrier to tell their great and moving stories:

Watership Down by Richard Adams
Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Gayneck the Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Bambi by Felix Salten
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (Yes, I cried when a spider died.)

Do you know of any others?


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