Saturday, June 25, 2011
Point of View by Barbara Edwards
When I started writing I had never heard of POV. What? Is it catching?
Point Of View turned out to be the biggest bugaboo in the bag of writer’s tricks. I spent months trying to get it right. Checking all the things I need to watch out for, for a consistent read made me want to throw up my hands and scream: “I don’t care!”
I finally realized POV wasn’t the most important part of the process. I worked on my plotting, on my characters, conflict and resolution. And ended up with a manuscript titled Another Love.
Rewrites turned out to be the time when I checked POV.
Like Humphrey Bogart’s character Rick said in Casabalanca, “Here’s looking at you, kid.” I realized POV was in the eyes of the beholder.
So the speaker can’t see her own expression or the color of her own eyes, okay. This is fixable. The other important part of POV is deciding whose viewpoint the scene should be in. That is determined by the character most affected by the action. I used this in Ancient Awakening and Ancient Blood to heighten the tension.
POV is another tool to use building a good story.
Contest: I’m giving away an e-book copy of Ancient Blood on June 30 to celebrate. It is available at the Wild Rose Press. Just go to one of my June blog appearances and leave a comment where I’m appearing from June 1- June 30, 2011 or at my blog. Enter often by leaving a comment. The winner will be randomly drawn on June 30, 2011 at midnight.