Do you want to give the readers such a vivid experience that they feel the events of the story are real and they're right there? Do you want them to forget their own world and worries, and live in the main character's head and heart?
The magic wand for achieving this is Deep Point of View.
Readers love it, because it gives them the thrill of becoming a different person. The reader doesn't just read a story about a gladiator in the arena, an heiress in a Scottish castle, an explorer in the jungle, a courtesan in Renaissance Venice - she becomes that gladiator, heiress, explorer, or courtesan.
In this book, I'll reveal the powerful techniques employed by best-selling authors, and I'll show you how to apply them to rivet your readers. I'll start with the basics of Point of View - if you're already familiar with the concept, you can treat them as a refresher - and then guide you to advanced strategies for taking your reader deep.
This is not a beginners' book. It assumes that you have mastered the basics of the writer's craft and know how to create compelling fictional characters. If you like, you can use this book as a self-study class, approaching each chapter as a lesson and completing the assignments at the end of each session.
©2015 Rayne Hall (P)2016 Rayne Hall
Point of View is something that novels/short stories have that other forms of narrative storytelling, particularly visual mediums, do not. Thus it is something writers can use to maintain the relevance of the printed narrative in today's marketplace.
This book provides an in-depth look at what makes point of view "deep," which is what readers and publishers want these days. It is frustrating as an author to be told your work is "too distant" or "not close enough to the experience", or "I don't know what the character wants or is feeling." These are criticisms that come from point of view that is not tied directly to character's perceptions. These are mostly technical problems, and this book provides a wealth of techniques that you can use in your writing to help the reader become immersed in your character's inner and outer world. I found the discussion of third-person deep vs. third-person limited especially interesting.
The narrator, Cat Lookabough, begins a little too chirpy for my taste, but then settles into a strong, grounded, heartfelt performance. I enjoyed this book very much, and found its command of subject matter and usefulness to be excellent. I'm sure I will listen to this book again.
Straight forward knowledge and practice without judgement. Beautifully told and enjoyable short story examples at the end are motivating. Loved it.
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