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Upcoming Series: Make Point of View Work for You

Monday, April 13, 2009

About two years ago, I did a series that introduced some of the basic precepts of what Point of View is in writing fiction:

Point of View (June 2007).
Point of View–Whose Story Is This?
Point of View–How Important Is It?
Point of View–Semantics & Book List
Point of View–Giving POV the Third Degree
Point of View–Showing vs. Telling

Beginning next week (April 20), I’m going to start a new series on Point of View, this time delving into what we mean when we talk about “deep” POV. This is more than just limiting ourselves to one viewpoint character per scene. We’ll look at things we can do to deepen the point of view, draw the reader even further into the story, work with deep POV in describing characters and setting, as well as little changes that can easily be made so that we’re showing, not telling, and we’re no longer holding the characters at arms’ length in our narrative.

But as always, I want to make sure that along the way I try to answer the questions you have about the topic before we get started. So what questions do you have about writing limited/deep POV?

  1. Monday, April 13, 2009 8:06 pm

    Oh, good grief. Sooooo many questions. This is probably the toughest issue for me. I’m still adjusting to the “one person only in one scene” rule. 😉 Oh, I’ve heard a lot about the man vs. woman’s POV…like when someone writes a man’s scene and it sounds like a woman…how do you avoid that? I think that’s the one of the toughest parts for me.

    If I think of any other questions, I’ll post them. 😉


  2. Carol Collett permalink
    Monday, April 13, 2009 8:12 pm

    Well, this gives me a week to brush up on POV. 🙂 I think I don’t totally get deep POV. I think I’m learning to recognize it when I see it, but if I write it, it’s quite by accident. I want to learn to be more purposeful in use of POV. I want to learn to see it and use it as a writing/story tool rather than something haphazard.


  3. Jess permalink
    Monday, April 13, 2009 11:16 pm

    I agree with Alexandra. You should talk about how to make men sound like men without them sounding like women, or meatheaded robots. I’m looking forward to this series.


  4. Monday, April 13, 2009 11:34 pm

    Yes–I will definitely do at least one post on Male POV. I have the perfect book for it!


  5. Tuesday, April 14, 2009 8:31 am

    I love Deep POV and have really been trying to master it. As I look back on earlier work I clearly see intrusions that steal the Deep from the POV offering. I wonder if a good listing of those key phrases might help some. I spot the “she remembered”, “wondering”, ones now, but I’m sure there are many more that I still use that trigger the reader that these are just thoughts, and remove them from feeling so fully what the characters are experiencing.


  6. Tuesday, April 14, 2009 10:43 am

    Handling introspection. Are italics still necessary? If so, when?

    Staying in deep POV. What kinds of things pull the reader out, and how to avoid them?


  7. Carol Collett permalink
    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 8:24 pm

    Ah, Patricia W, great question-what brings the reader out of deep POV?
    I’m getting very excited about this series, Kaye. You sure you won’t go ahead on and start it? 🙂


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