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    Default How To Write A Romance Seminar-Point of View

    Hope everyone’s having a good week.>>
    This post is all about Point of View (POV) and Ithink it’s one of the most important aspects of any story whether it be a shortstory or a 300 plus page saga. (In fact, I even teach a workshop on the topic).Why do I think it carries so much weight?>>
    POV is interconnected with other elements of thestorytelling process, for example, voice, character and plot.>>
    POV can turn a ho-hum story into a great read.>>
    POV can affect the reader’s experience.>>
    POV can make a story more emotional…important forany story, essential for a romance.>>
    POV can lessen the distance between the reader and yourcharacters, and therefore increases reader identification. >>
    WhatPOV to Use?>>
    So how do you decide whose POV your story should bewritten in? For the beginning writer, I suggest sticking with just one and lettingall the action take place in their head and through their eyes. However,sometimes a story needs another voice. It might be to add a sub-plot, or itcould be to shed some light on one of your main characters, so sometimes thePOV is story dependent.>>
    And now onto a topic that was touched upon a fewdays ago on the forum, the dreadedHead-Hopping Syndrome>>
    If you’re notfamiliar with it, it’s when a writer abruptly switches from one point of viewto another in the space of a paragraph, or even a few sentences. One minute you’re in one character’s head andthen another, and then back, and then back again, and you end up confusing thereader. It’s the most common mistake I see in student’s work, and one thatunfortunately tells the editor or agent that you’re a beginning writer which issomething we never want to do even if it’s true. Best news is it’s easily fixedand here are a few of my tricks->>
    Tell thestory from one person’s POV. However,most romances need to be told from two POVs so my next my next tip is to keepone POV per scene, or if you can, one POV per chapter.>>
    And finally remember this and you’ll never go wrong.As you’re writing your story think about our five senses. Remember that acharacter can physically see what another one’s doing, assume what they’rethinking, but they can’t feel, taste, see, hear or think what another’sfeeling, tasting, seeing, hearing or thinking.>>
    And finally for today’s post, Deep POV which I thinkreally kicks a story into top gear. You’ve heard of method acting, I like tothink of deep POV as the writer’s equivalent.>>
    You emerge yourself totally in that character,inside both the head and heart. It’s the element that can give your story thatemotional punch and set it apart from other writer’s work.>>
    One common reason for a manuscript being rejected isbecause an editor thinks you’re guilty of author intrusion which means you thewriter got in the way of the reader and the character. It’s the then he thoughthe heard sentences. With Deep POV, the writer leaves the scene and the readersees, hears, smells, and feels everything that characters is seeing, hearing,feeling. >>
    Imagine if you will you’re the character and you’retelling your story, sharing with the reader everything that’s going on in yourlife, your head, and at the very moment of the scene.>>
    Here’s something for you to check out. Look throughyour story and remember the five senses tip I gave you. Are you guilty ofhead-hopping in any of your scenes? And here’s one of the exercises I suggestin my POV workshop. Is there a scene in your story that’s not just working foryou? Sometimes all it needs is a change in POV. Try it and see what you think.>>
    Next week, we’ll move onto to the final topic of thefree seminar and that’s writing a synopsis. During the final week of March I’lltake questions you might have on any of the topics I’ve covered or any other writingrelated queries. I’ll also be holding a giveaway. One person will win my e-bookof How To Write A Romance Novel, and one other person will win a critique oftheir synopsis. >>
    Havea good weekend, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day. >>
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    Thank you. I'm afraid I am guilty of Head Hopping. Thanks for the explanation... now if I can only figure out how to keep my head in one POV at a time.

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