Peril

A recent story from Derek Alan Wilkerson demonstrates the peril of writing from a child’s perspective. The narrator attempts to convey thoughts from just before his fourth birthday, but instead of that kid’s voice, we hear the opinions of a cynical and not terribly insightful adult. A third-person narrative might have worked better.

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One thought on “Peril

  1. I agree with you thoughts re this. A recently published psychiatrist’s report has come out strongly that it is impossible for memories before the age of four to be ‘proper memories anyway’ Pictures and adult experiences often form images that are not true MEMORY. This professional clearly states that even ‘fiction’ writing using this as a tool is walking on ‘dicey’ ground. Third person looking on sounds like a better way to go to me also. Cheers!

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