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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: Re: (urth) For Marc, on POV
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 17:19:30 -0700

>A very nice summary of the pros and cons of first-person. For the record,
>women writers (and I use "writers" loosely, including students and
>wanna-bes) gravitate to it far more than men do, especially in present
>tense. The terrible draw-back is that it allows them endless introspection
>with no action. In my classes, especially genre classes, I used a cheap
>throwaway that nevertheless has some truth. I would say that none of the
>women writers in the class should use first-person-present for at least a
>year, where as none of the men should use weapons (thereby making them 
>their way out of situations rather than blasting).


Of the four short stories I've published in my adult life, three have female
protagonists who do not use any weapons - though two of the three face
fairly violent male antagonists. One has a male protagonist, who kills
someone with a sword.

I'm going to have to watch this.


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