Welcome to Week 6 of the MFRW 52-week Blog Challenge. This week’s topic is Point of View: Choices and Preferences.
Wow, is it really week 6 already?
My preference for writing is third person omniscient, from the narrator, or another character’s perspective. This for me is easier as an observer of the story that plays out in my head like a movie. Most of the time.
Roxy Sings the Blues was written primarily from a first-person perspective, because it came to me as if I were sitting in a bar, interviewing Roxanne Winters.
One thing I absolutely do NOT like is head hopping. For my personal taste in reading and writing, I understand the need to shift perspectives at times to get an idea of the other character(s) and their perspectives, their inner thoughts, and turmoil. The best way to handle this is at the beginning of chapters, or at least designated by headings.
I remember doing an edit for an author who had written their story from four different character’s perspectives. It was confusing and I said as much. The reader would have to be two pages into the chapter before they realized, oh, this is from Joe’s perspective.
The author did not like my calls and chose to ignore it, but then when they started getting bad reviews, they went back in and revised the story by adding headers at the beginning with just the character’s names. It was enough to at least understand that it was someone else speaking.
I am not complaining about the author not taking my advice, as the author it’s your choice to take edit calls OR NOT. I’ve disagreed with my editor at times on choice of word, a phrase, or expression, and even the POV.
The trick in fiction writing is to convince a reader this is real life. In real life, we only have one viewpoint—our own. We can’t step outside of ourselves and look at things from someone else’s perspective.
Well, I suppose you could, if you were constantly trying to guess what they are thinking as you talk with them but I don’t think you would establish many relations, and I think you would drive yourself insane by doing such!
For that reason, to step out of viewpoint in fiction can shatter the illusion that the author is weaving. A reader instinctively realizes something is odd. He or she may not immediately pinpoint what it is, but a good editor will. As a reader, it just feels jarring or confusing.
Most successful short fiction is written in a single viewpoint. It can be first person, which automatically eliminates head-hopping but can be confining, or it may be third person, the form most often seen. In longer fiction, like novel-length fiction, multiple or shifting POV is frequently used. But even then, a good writer only shifts POV when they also shift scenes or chapters.
One benefit to writing in first person, it can help the reader to be in the scene, to experience the world you have created and vicariously experience the emotional rollercoaster you are taking them on safely in their comfy chair. Third person can make the reader feel like an outsider or observer, at a distance.
To get the most emotional punch, I would suggest first person. If you are interested in that emotional roller coaster, I suggest you read Roxy Sings the Blues! Have tissues handy!
If you prefer third person narrative, try Red Wine & Roses for a steamy rendezvous!
A this is part of a blog hop, go check out what the other authors are saying HERE.
What POV do you prefer to read? What POV do you prefer to write?
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Write on my friends, write on!
This past week, I think my answer would have to be – *drum roll*
I admire my friend Vicki’s work ethic. She is diligent to get her writing time in every day. EVERY SINGLE DAY. I don’t. My goal is to write for an hour five days a week and spend my weekends with family and taking care of those domestic things. It is treating writing like a business, a business that I work five days a week.
However, I know many authors who say you should write daily to stay in the habit. There is definitely something to be said for maintaining a good habit. So what about those parts related to an author’s life that aren’t exactly the drafting or writing stage? What about proofreading? What about editing? What about the brainstorm sessions for a new idea, or trying o figure out your plot?
There is a lot more to writing than the first draft. Here, in a nutshell, is the summation of my week.
Authors are just like everyone else. Our lives consist of numerous aspects. Somebody has to do the dishes, the dish fairies never show up! Someone has to do the laundry, the laundry fairies don’t show up either. Of course, this is the part of life we often omit in books because who wants to see the character folding laundry? Nobody!
What have you been up to, reading, writing, or living? Let me know in the comments.
Write on my friends, write on!
You know how the districts will call off school for the day for inclement weather? Well, I’ve postponed my blog, writing, OK,… my life due to inclement health.
If any of you reading this has had a bout of this year’s flu, you have my sympathies. I had the flu shot by orders of my oncologist. It wasn’t enough. A couple family gatherings over the holidays and I picked up the prevailing germs. Lucky me. I’m still not at 100 %, but compared to how horrible I felt, this is amazing!
So, enough about me being sick, that’s not why y’all are here. Happy belated New Year’s!
I had scheduled the following to go up on my birthday – January 2nd – so let’s just start there.
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RELEASE BLITZ for BREAK LINE
Title: Break Line
Author: Ellie Mack
Release Date: 1/2/2019
Cover Designer: Nemo Designs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Former Marine Nathan Fletcher had to get away. Everything was crumbling under the constant pressures of coping with PTSD, and he had to regain control. When opportunity knocked to relocate to paradise, he couldn’t pass it up. He had it all – paradise, family, and the career of his dreams. Nathan even had the best therapy in the world: the ocean. His life was perfect.
Tragedy strikes, taking more than his leg with it. His confidence is shattered leaving fear in its place. If it weren’t for his cousin and new best friend Kai, he might give in to the demons of his past and present.
Fate seems to be mocking the once cocky marine when a petite Hawaiian beauty becomes his physical therapist. She pushes all his buttons ten ways to Sunday! Nathan is torn between irritation with Kini Okana, and his desire for her.
Can Kai and Kini help him overcome the trauma that has turned his world upside down, or will Nathan let the tragedy rob him of his future dreams?
**Will be available on Kindle Unlimited.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Contemporary romance author, Ellie Mack, is a former columnist outside of St. Louis, Missouri where she resides with her husband and daughters. Her works have earned her nominations in the Indie community for best debut romance and best ugly cry in 2017. Recently, she has “dipped her quill” into the realm of Norse mythology with her title The Awakening.
As a breast cancer survivor, Ellie encourages others with the diagnosis to keep fighting and to always have hope.
“If there’s life, there is hope.” -Stephen Hawking
Ellie has also won both the Liebster and WordPress blog awards for her blog Quotidiandose. When she’s not working on her next book, Ellie enjoys journaling, crocheting, and practicing her skills in the kitchen.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” -Vivian Greene
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TRUST ME – I wanted to share this on January 2nd. I am so very grateful to Maria at Lip Services PR.
I have several more things I want to share. One things for certain, not getting the words out of my system means more blog posts to come! Thank you all for your patience.
Write on my friends, write on!