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 ūüėČ .

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.


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Finalist! Best Novella of 2014



“The Emissary: Journey” which is the first book of “Horsewomen of the Zombie Apocalypse” has made the finals for Best Novella of 2014.

Now, it needs your votes.

However, the site is now DOWN.


I guess I’m not the only person who is broadcasting their good fortune…and begging for votes.

I wil post the links as soon as the site is back up.

Don’t go change that channel!

Tick-tock, Tick-tock – Waiting to Publish


Happy Easter

Shades of ‘The Tell-tale Heart’ – I sit in my den, banging away at the laptop, listening to the clock tick and getting antsier by the moment.

Maybe it’s the coffee?

I want to publish ‘The Emissary’ right this very moment. I was up until two A.M.¬† working on the prologue and the blurb. I’ve handed it off for a final read-through to some trusted readers – and the copy editor – for one-last-look-before-I-pull-the-trigger.

I tried to clean stalls yesterday – didn’t get very far. However, it was progress. Top it all off – I’ve got a freaking cold – on Easter Sunday, AND I’m out of chocoate!

Not that I’m whining (whinging for my UK friends) mind you.

There always seems to be those last-minute tweaks: A bit of this, a dash of that, a missed word, a comma misplaced. And for dyslexics like myself, the possibility that I didn’t catch a correction. (Maybe it’s old age and blindness, not dyslexia?)

I’m excited to have this little action-adventure story out into the world. It’s a fun read, very ‘Girl-Power’ for horsewomen and the guys will like it too. (No mushy stuff…in Part 1). I think the understory, the difference between our ‘techno-dependent’ culture and a¬†the ‘Earth-first’ application of that technology, will come out without sounding preachy. The women of Dunvegan have embraced the need to turn back the clock – while the men of Fort Chatten cling to technology that will quickly wear out.

One might be able to recycle bullet casings, but the technology that created the refined gunpowder is gone, along with 80% of the population. One might be able to distill alcohol to fuel a truck, but the parts will wear out. There is always a more successful scavenger up the food chain – so things like gas, tires, bullets and food become instantly scarse – and get more expensive with every day that passes. Meanwhile, currency has lost it’s value, credit cards are useless and without fuel and fertilizer – where does food come from?

Not long ago – I expressed the opinion that Dystopian has a hold on us because there is an inner ‘wild beast’ that wants to shed the trappings of civilization and roam free once again. We each have a wild side – one that wants to hunt, gather and howl at the moon. That’s why we grow restless in spring – it’s time to pack up and migrate to fresh grass and new places.

Well, this spring is late – someone needs to shoot the groundhog.

Meanwhile, the clock ticks and I’m chomping at the bit.

Signs of Spring?

june 2010 038I went outside last night and heard those funny noises – you know the ones I mean – not sure if they are bugs or what, but they are a sure herald of spring.

The geese, or at least one goose, is laying an egg every day or so. The chickens have stepped up production. I got 15 eggs the other day. I know there are a couple of slackers in the bunch, but I’ve never figured out how to tell who’s slacking¬†unless I stand over them and check numbers all day.

The new e-books are coming along. I’ve got more work to do on Part 1. Part 2 is WAY too long. I have it printed out and I’ll get to it. It is starting to look like I’ll have the series published on schedule. WOW – it feels good to be working again.

Last year – I was in a dark and distant place. There is so much that went over my head and so many things I handled badly if at all.

This year, I’m hoping to do better.

New Book Cover!

TheEmissary3dThis is the link to the new book cover.

Katie Stewart has been darling while I’ve been a fusspot.

I know my audience of horse lover’s is SO picky about being able to identify a breed. So I’ve been driving the poor dear to distraction with details of the horse’s head. However, I haven’t had to say a word about color and compostion.

I recommend her as a stylistic cover artist any time.


‘Impressive Bravado’ Revisited


My one short story ‘Impressive Bravado’¬†has not been able to meet the criteria for Smashwords Premium Catalog. It is another story that’s gone through 4 different word processing software over the years.

I sat down yesterday and did another editing pass on¬†it to address a font issue as well as tighten it up. I like the story – except for the fact it’s in first person. Eventually, I’d like to turn it into a novel. Even though I would NOT keep the 1st person POV.

I have another Katie McCarty horse story on my hard drive. And also two other novella’s about horses. The thing is – I don’t want to write the steriotypical ‘Poor Girl wins Superhorse from evil Rich Girl.’

I know for a fact that horses get bought, sold – and swindled to and from owners quite a bit. Especially the expensive ones. However, value can plummet at the drop of a hat, or a rider, as in my Old Mare’s case. And injuries to back, hock and stifle can make Super Star like my old Black Gelding into a give-away.

What I want to write about are the quirky and sometimes crazy, horses that act up and act out. The Old Mare – back when she was a filly – was my personal obsession. My whole world revolved around her antics. She’s a nut, squirrel bait on the hoof. I fought her daily, to get some manners pounded into her head.

This evening she wanted to play with me, peeking over the backs of the other horses, spooking and racing off like I was chasing her when I so much as waved a hand. We used to spend hours together Рnow I hardly do more than feed her.

I came around the corner while she was drinking – jumped out and said ‘Boo!’ which sent her into squealing bucks all over the pasture. It was hilarious.

But I digress.

I wrote ‘Bravado’ thinking it was going to make some horse people upset. However, the people who’ve read it are city folk. So it was in my best interest to mellow it out¬† a bit, make the story more accessible.

We’ll see how this works.

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They Call It YA

Finally someone is taking the hyper-sensationalist to task.

I detest anything that dwells in the darkest pits of human experience. So I don’t read Young Adult literature – haven’t since “Go Ask Alice” way back when.

I saw yesterday a couple of posts about the subject “Darkness Too Visible” by Meghan Cox Gurdon¬†that was referenced in another post “YA Under Attack Heaven Forbid We Address Reality”¬†by¬†Stephanie Lawton.

Gurdon expresses her concerns about the dark and violent tone of YA books, while Lawton scoffs that Gurdon is a censor of the foulest kind.

The other side of the coin is given very little attention – YA is NOT¬†as widely read by the age group it is targeted towards but by women in their 20’s and older. I see it posted in many forums – adults are flocking to the YA sections, buying up books right and left.

This is a quote from Gurdon’s post – one I find is the most telling.

“…she notes that many teenagers do not read young-adult books at all. Near the end of the school year, when she and a colleague entertained students from a nearby private school, only three of the visiting 18 juniors said that they read YA books.”

I don’t find that surprising – because when I scroll through the forums I see the same things over and over – writers are touting their YA books to other writers of the same age – over 20. They are writing what they¬†like to read.

They are writing for each other.

Back when I was in school – there wasn’t a YA section. There was science fiction as written by Heinlein, Norton and Asimov. Then there was ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and the like. It wasn’t targeted at an age group. They were stories that appealed to a certain mind-set.

I believe the creation of YA as a special section of the bookstore (and the industry) was a mistake. These books aren’t really FOR the young adult as much as they are ABOUT the young adult.

That makes the appeal completely different – so teens aren’t¬† going to read them. They already know what it’s like to be a teen. They are going to read what appeals to them – whatever that may be. My guess is steam punk, romance, fantasy stories, urban fantasy and literature.

I’m not sure that everyone can appreciate the irony of the situation.

I do.