Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Linda S. Clare

Fiction writers tend to struggle in writing a character’s thoughts. Sometimes it’s a matter of understanding Point of View (POV). Other times, how to express one character’s thoughts is what stumps writers. Either way, inner thought is a valuable tool to deepen character and pull readers into the story. 

By adhering to some “rules,” readers can better understand what you’re trying to convey.

Writing Tip for Today: The following guidelines should help you correctly express your POV Character’s thoughts.


Head hopping refers to the practice of allowing readers to know the thoughts of more than one character on stage at any one time. Many nineteenth century novels used an omniscient POV, meaning readers could enter the minds of any or all characters. Thus, a man and a woman attracted to one another might feature both the hero’s thoughts (her eyes were the most fascinating shade of green) and the heroine’s thoughts (Why was he staring at her like that?). Yet most modern novels limit viewpoint to one character at a time.

The reason for this is that today’s readers want to be intimately connected with the fictional character. The more characters’ thoughts readers are privy to, the shallower this connection. By limiting POV to one character per scene or chapter, readers are forced to come closer to the character. 

This closeness helps readers commit to the story. To avoid Head Hopping, imagine the POV Character is you as you write. You cannot know my thoughts if I come into the room–you only know your own thoughts. Keep your characters as they would be in real life.


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Read the full article HERE!

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. How Are You Going To Succeed As a Writer? |
  2. Novel writing tips | How to use tone and mood (to make your novel richer)
  3. Author, Jody Hedlund: 5 Point Checklist To Help Writers Get to Know Their Characters Thoroughly
  4. To Be or Not To Be: In Defense of the Passive Voice - Helping Writers Become Authors
  5. Julie Musil, Author: Perseverance and Conquering Fears: Lisa Gail Green's Journey to Publication
  6. The Philosophy of Villains
  7. The Impact of Free Promos - Elizabeth Spann Craig
  8. Getting Right into the Middle of Things | Live Write Thrive
  9. Fiction University: At-Home Workshop: Revise Your Novel in 31 Days
  10. Writer Unboxed » Becoming a Student of Your Own Creative Process
  11. What’s the Biggest Lie You Tell Yourself? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  12. Snapchat Marketing: What Businesses Need to Know | Social Media Examiner
  13. Three Misconceptions About Modern SEO That Confuse Content Marketers - Copyblogger
  14. 7 Things Indie Authors are Doing RIGHT (some positive reinforcement to support your confidence) | Creativindie
  15. Karen Woodward: Should A Writer Let Her Reader's Expectations Influence Her Artistic Judgement?
  16. Writing Your Character’s Thoughts | Linda S. Clare
  17. Marketing, Advertising, & Public Relations: Can You Have One & Not the Others?? - Where Writers Win
  18. Customer Behavior - Online Video Trends: Mobile Viewership More Than Doubled YOY : MarketingProfs Article
  19. How Can I Write a Press Release to Promote My Book? - The Savvy Book Marketer
  20. Your Book Signing Checklist! - Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
  21. #48: The 2015 Guide to Facebook Engagement - Amy Porterfield
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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