1. I never recommend omniscient to my students because readers today want vicarious experience. They want to be dead center in a character’s head feeling what he is feeling, not watching a documentary with a droning narrator explaining things. And, as you said, it’s hard to do, and newer writers tend to explain too much and take the tension and mystery of what’s happening and why from the reader.

  2. Exactly, and I’m not sure why so many think they want to use it. A holdover from all the classics we read in high school?

    Although I have to admit, I have come to appreciate its purpose more as I work through the pros and cons with students. It’s still darn hard to do well though!

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