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Writers' Reel: Terry McMillan On Disliking Third Person Narration

 
Outspoken author Terry McMillan (Waiting to ExhaleDisappearing Acts, and her latest, Who Asked You?) recently sat down for an interview with the New York Times, in which she discusses her disdain for third person, her techniques for controlling her characters, and what she considers “literary masturbation.”
 

“You need to learn the rules before you can break them. And you need to read everybody. If you’re black, don’t just read black writers and if you’re white, don’t just read white writers, etc. I read everybody across the board, all ethnicities. I’m curious about mankind. I want to know how everybody lives.” – Terry McMillan

Click to watch the full interview: