Friday, September 29, 2006

Lesson 9: POV cont...

Wohoo! Violet Dawn is #1 on Technorati Popular Books!

And...Praise the Lord, I made it to Friday...sanctuary, sanctuary...uh, er...well you had to be there! My buddy Mimi Pearson is moving today...not her blog or anything, but into a new house...Her and Dave bought their own house ! Wohoo...this is their dream come true! Congratulations my friends!

Today we are continuing editing lessons from the book Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King.

These lessons will be shortened overviews of the chapters and by no means should be a substitute for buying the book. I'm rereading but not posting a lot of good stuff!

Let's continue with Point Of View.

Okay, so what happens when you have to shift your point of view for the sake of the plot? If say, your writing from the cop's point of view and you need to add in the burglar? How do you change the POV without jerking your readers around?

It's quite simple: end the current scene, insert a linespace, and start a new scene from the POV you need. Linespaces prepare readers for a shift( in time, place, or POV), so the change in the POV won't catch them by surprise.

Once you've mastered your control of narrative distance, you can use it for some stunning effects. Of all the means available to you for crafting your story, POV is one of the most fundamental. It is how you show who your characters are. It allows you to convey emotions that often can't be put across in any other way.

POV is a powerful tool! Master it!


Which POV are you using and why? If you want continuing intimacy, are you using the first person? If you want distance, are you using third person, or omniscient?

Do you move from head to head? If so, why? Would your story gain power if you stuck with a single POV character or broke your scenes up at appropraite places with linespaces to make this possible?

Take a look at your language. Is it right for your POV character? If not, should it be?

Look at your descriptions. Can you tell how your POV character feels about what you're describing?

Monday, we'll start on Proportion...have a great weekend! Enjoy some more ways to make people annoyed!

Begin all your sentences with "ooh la la!"


only type in lowercase.

Dont use any punctuation either

Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.

Pay for your dinner with pennies.

Tie jingle bells to all your clothes.

Repeat everything someone says, as a question.

Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.

Inform everyone you meet of your personal Kennedy assassination/UFO/O.J Simpson conspiracy theories.

Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, its gone now."

Light road flares on a birthday cake.

Wander around a restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.

Leave tips in Bolivian currency.

Demand that everyone address you as "Conquistador."


  1. Joe said...
    I just did the maze in your previous post. I will be out of the hospital after my heart attack within the year.
    Bernita said...
    Still giving people evil ideas, Bonnie, hmmm?
    ~decided to not mention tips to husband~
    Denise McDonald said...
    I am thinking so very hard about my nano project - have you seen smoke clouds from Texas - LOL
    WannabeMe said...
    Parley I can understand, but conquistador? What's the purpose of that?

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