Point of View Category

Point of View Switch

Even if your story has only one POV character, try writing a scene from a different character’s point of view. Experiencing the world through a different character can actually help you realize things about your POV character. When I added a secondary POV character to my story, I learned a lot about my primary POV […]

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Describing Your Character

Describe your characters from the POV of multiple other characters. Knowing how others see your character can help you as a writer in defining him. Describe your character without mentioning her hair or eyes. Think like Sherlock Holmes. What would Holmes know about your character just from looking at her? What about her appearance gives […]

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Present Tense

I was recently quoted in a friend’s blog post. I had responded to a question on facebook, and of course, I was so stark that my comment was quoted. I said I hated present tense. Now, that’s my preference as a reader. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to what I read. Present tense […]

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Running Commentary

Who else wants to include a commentary to every scene of their story? Things like, “Here’s what’s really going on.” and “That character is actually thinking this.” I want to do that all the time. I get so excited about background stuff and hidden emotions that I want to let the reader know. This desire […]

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They’re Forbidden for a Reason

At the conference, the agent who critiqued my manuscript told me to scrap the prologue (she was very nice about it). :::kicks feet::: Yes, I knew prologues were forbidden when I wrote it . . . My problem isn’t so much prologues. It’s world-building. How on earth do I convey all the necessary world-building information […]

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Book: Characters and Viewpoint

One of my favorite craft books is Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card. When I first read it, I had never read any craft book before nor attended any creative writing courses. Consequently, a lot of it went over my head. I recently found the book (rather, my husband found it for me–thanks!) in […]

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Circumstances vs. Relationships

I’ve mentioned before that I’m using two alternating POVs for my Epic Novel, Book One. When I first started writing the secondary POV, I had so much fun! Everything just flowed and came so easy. The character was mysterious, and that made him fun to write. However, the longer I wrote from his POV (and […]

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On Target

When I originally started the Epic Novel (and I mean age 15 originally), I had five primary characters and used an (poorly done) omniscient narrator to tell the story. As the drafts went on, I gradually narrowed down to one main character and his POV. Now I still have that main character but I also […]

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One Scene, Three Ways

In switching back and forth between points of view, I sometimes write a scene several different times. One scene in particular kept switching back and forth between point of view characters. This isn’t a bad thing; in fact, it’s an exercise many writers do on purpose. Try writing a scene (any scene, the opening, the […]

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Revision–but I haven’t even finished the rough draft!

(in deep, gravely, movie announcer voice) This November, embark on an epic adventure of war, love, and betrayal. So, now that I am full-time writer, I have finally been able to start Book One of The Epic Novel! Well, it has more to do with Divine inspiration than with excess time on my hands. I […]

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