Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund

I recently shared some Point of View Basics that every writer should know. As always, such posts raise even more questions! I'll take some time to answer a few of those questions that dig deeper into more complicated POV issues.

Question: What is your view of having the same scene in both the heroine and hero's POVs? I'm working on a scene at the moment that I'd like to tell in both POVs to contrast the girl's over-analytical, dramatizing POV with the guys low key "what you see is what you get" POV. But I'm not sure if it's a good idea.

My Answer: As far as having the same scene in two POVs, that will depend on your voice and story. I think it can be done, and I've seen it done well (and have done it myself on occasion). One caution is to make sure not to jump back in time when switching POV's, but instead to continue the scene at the point where the other character leaves off.

I also see some writers switching POV mid-scene as a cop-out, to avoid having to do the hard work of SHOWING what the other character on stage is feeling. It's much easier (but not necessarily better!) to change POV and hop over into the head of the other character and use internal narration for the reaction. While not wrong to switch, we have to make sure we're not trying to short-cut the more complicated job of showing reactions and feelings.

Question: When writing a scene that involves multiple POV characters, how can a writer determine which character is BEST to use for telling the scene?

My Answer:

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. 10 Steps to Launch Your Book Virtually »
  2. Divas on Writing: Keep it Consistent – Characters - Write Divas
  4. Six Fascinating Character Types - Writers Write
  5. The Write One Blog How To Deal With Negative Book Reviews!
  6. Twitter for Authors: Worth it? | Author Business Hub
  7. Where Do We Go From Here?: Career progression for short fiction writers (continued)
  8. Keeping it Simple -- Guidelines for Writing Novellas by Barbara Monajem | Romance University
  9. Nailing Genre by Studying Successful Authors | Live Write Thrive
  10. How Long Should Your Blog Post Be? A Writer’s Guide
  11. How to Write a Book: The 5-Draft Method
  12. More EZ Scene Writing Tips | Linda S. Clare
  13. Want to Reach New Heights as a Writer? Learn to QUIT | Kristen Lamb's Blog
  14. Could This ‘Magic’ Trick Rescue Your Story?
  15. Interesting Characters: You are what you eat
  16. You've Been Writing Sentences Wrong All Your Life! Find Out Why - Helping Writers Become Authors
  17. Secondary Characters: An Important Tool in a Writer’s Toolkit
  18. Anne R. Allen's Blog: 10 Things that Red-Flag a Newbie Novelist
  19. Author, Jody Hedlund: A Few Tips for More Complicated POV Issues
  20. How to Stream Google Hangouts On Air to Twitter and Facebook | Social Media Examiner
  21. Using Visual Content to Increase Blog Engagement : @ProBlogger
  22. The 6-Step Process to Building Better Relationships With a Data-Driven Approach to Outreach - Copyblogger
  23. Writability: On Writing a Synopsis Before the First Draft
  24. Karen Woodward: Lester Dent: How To Write A 6,000 Word Short Story: The First Quarter
  25. Why No Advice Is Perfect: Character Emotions | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  26. Writer Tip: Create Your Own Imagery Thesaurus - Where Writers Win
  27. The Color Thesaurus | Ingrid's Notes "Fill your stories with a rainbow of images!"
  28. Is your book cover holding you back?
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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