Point of View—What IS It? How to Find the Perfect Voice for YOUR Story


As a writer, I use 3rd Person and I tend to ‘Lock’ the POV to one character, or at the most, two characters. The reason I’m so strict in my own work is that I was the worst type of head-hopper – even hopping from paragraph to paragraph in some places.

This is one of the ‘kinder, gentler’ discussions about POV on any blog. I did a couple blog posts on the subject and wasn’t able to stay out of rant mode. I’ve read so many really horrible ‘first person’ stories that I’ve become allergic to that POV. It’s so easy for a beginner to get locked into a ‘stream of consciousness’ mode. Any time I see 1st person, I tend to cringe. Even trade published authors can get in over their heads, er, so to speak.

At one point, in my days on Authonomy.com – I was called a POV Nazi. These days, I keep a lower profile and don’t rant so much.

I recommend this blog post to anyone who has questions on POV, and am reblogging it to Jordan’s Croft.

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Monday, we talked about the Three Acts of a Writer’s Journey. The first hint we might be tipping into The Apprentice Phase is we hear the word P.O.V. and panic. What is THAT? Prisoners of Vietnam? Pets of Vegans? Pals of Viagra?

We ALL know writing a novel is FAR from easy. We just make it look that way 😉 .

Today, I’m putting on my editor’s hat. Many of you decided to become writers because you love to write. Duh. I’ll even bet most of you, back when you were in school, also made very good grades in English. Thus, you might assume that you naturally know how to write a novel that is fit for successful publication.

Maybe you do. But, if you are anything like me when I started out? You might not know as much as you think you do.

Why?

Our high…

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Free e-Book – ‘Impressive Bravado’


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When sales get slow – common wisdom says it’s time to do a giveaway.

‘Impressive Bravado’ is a short story (7k words) about Dr. Katie McCarty DVM. She’s a young veterinarian, fresh out of Ohio State University. She gets an early morning all call from Deputy Sheriff Shallamon concerning the unauthorized gelding (neutering) of a show horse named “Impressive Bravado.”

Katie and Shallamon go to Hopkins’ Stables. They encounter a ‘horse whisperer’ who calls herself ‘Aquitania’ and claims she can talk to horses. They also discover unsafe practices that have put the young girls at the barn in danger.

Katie looks into the incident – discovering a deep divide in horse show cliques that could explain the ‘attack’ on Bravado. However, Katie ends up wrestling with a berserk stallion – barely getting the animal under control after he kicks his owner, shattering her leg.

You can get a free copy at Barnes & Nobel : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/impressive-bravado-k-a-jordan/1102629807

Or Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/60392

But the story is $.99 at Amazon US, UK, DE and FR: http://www.amazon.com/Impressive-Bravado-ebook/dp/B0053HA1LI