Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Digging down into deep POV

According to blogger Rhay Christou, readers are begging for deeper POV, and therefore editors and publishers are asking for it as well. But many authors are unsure of how to deepen their POV.

The aim is for the author to disappear, and for the reader to be immersed in the character’s POV.
One way to do this is to eliminate tags and “thoughts”. This can be difficult as instead of ending up with deep POV the author may end up with a wobbling POV. So first the author must know everything about the character whose POV she’s in at the time.

Let’s pretend the hero is cross with the heroine.
“No,” he yelled.

If you know how he’d react in anger you could go deeper, deleting the tag and adding his reactions.
“No!” He stomped out of the room and slammed the door.

Now the author has the opportunity to go deeper still. Instead of describing how he’s thinking or why he’s upset, that can be shown in his next actions as long as he remains exactly true to his character.
Would he throw something and smash it? Race to the bathroom about to be ill with the pain of yelling at her? The next few lines showing his actions could be genuine deep POV.

To read Rhay’s helpful explanation, see:

Helen Woodall

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