Every angle from which you view something shows you a different aspect of that object. From the angle I first saw these houses on the knoll, they looked like cliff dwellings, from another angle I saw them as a medieval fortress, and from yet another angle I could see them for what they are: modern houses under construction, set too close together for privacy.
Writing is the same. Anything that happens in a novel is seen from a certain angle, a certain point of view. We can tell the truth of a scene through the eyes of a character or we can set up a scene at an oblique angle, so that the character tells her truth, which may not, in the end, be the whole truth. In fact, everything that happens in a novel is seen from a certain slant, which is why, though so many novels tell the same story, all are unique in their own way. Perhaps an author's voice is simply the angle from which the author chooses to tell the story. Perhaps the story itself is all about the angle from which it's told.
What is the angle of your story? How do you choose to tell the story? From whose point of view is the story told?
If I'm stretching the angle too much here, we can discuss anything related to writing. Are you writing? Starting a new project? Finishing an old one?
The group No Whine, Just Champagne will meet here at this article for a live discussion about writing and the writing life on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 9:00pm ET. I hope you will stop by -- it would be nice to see you.