Many of you know about my writing challenge for the month of November. I am in the editing mode now of my novel. It is a delightful experience.
I enjoy learning tips from successful writers. It is so nice to see someone successful sharing tips and strategies for the newbies wanting to grow and strengthen their craft.
I came across Scott Westerfield’s blog post on Writing Advice and Point of View… Here are my favorite takeaways…
What is Point of View as it relates to writing?
According to Scott Westerfield:
Point of view is hard. It’s complicated, subtle, and confusing, and POV failure is one of the most common reasons why agents and publishers cast aside submissions half read.
I agree wholeheartedly with his sentiments. This is something that most writers struggle with. Present company included.
Scott breaks down Point of View into the following four basic elements:
- 1) Viewpoint (where the information of the narrative comes from)
- 2) Person and tense (the grammar of the narration)
- 3) Distance (the immediacy of the narration to the events of the story)
- 4) Voice (the personality of the narration, especially its attitude toward the reader).
Scott’s rationale about the four elements of the Points of View is that there are no shortcuts.
You never get to say, “I picked present tense, so my novel is awesome and intense!”
Thank you Scott for this sage advice. This statement speaks volumes. There are no shortcuts to a successful novel; or writing for that matter. I believe in writing all of my thoughts down for my story and then going back with the pen to edit and analyze my prose.
This process helps keep me from overediting in the beginning, which can lead to writers block. You never, ever, want writers block for your novel. It is essential to prevent this at all costs. It may sound easy, but you must strategically keep ideas flowing through your mind so that you can continue the story and complete the novel.
I encourage you to check out Scott’s blog on writing… He is an excellent writer and “motivational coach”…
Click the links below:
Single Limited Point of View – Scott Westerfield
Writing Advice – Scott Westerfield