Views expressed therein are not necessarily those of the author…

I write deep third/first person POV pretty much all the time.  So even the describey bits of my stories are from a character’s POV – not mine.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I can’t describe anything until I know who’s looking at it.  To take a simple example, where I might see a medium-size blue car with a baby-on-board sticker in the back window, my male character might see a three-year-old Citroen with some damage to the rear bumper. 

But what if I’m writing from the POV of a racist character? Or a homophobic one?

Should I still describe the setting, the other characters from that person’s POV, prejudices and all? 

Isn’t there a danger those prejudiced views will be ascribed to me, the author?

And in case you’re in any doubt, the answer to that is, Yes.  It’s happened.

So what do I do about it?

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About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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