Working Hard, or Hardly Working

I’m sorry for the lack of posting the last two weeks. Not even an otter meme can save me.

Partly I’ve been avoiding the Internet because every time I turn it on some new horror leaps out, like Pennywise on speed. “Hurricane? LOL” says Mother Nature. “Try FOUR hurricanes, back to back. Oh, and two deadly earthquakes in two weeks. Haha, maybe I’ll throw in a plague of locusts and some bloody acid rain, for fun.” Thanks, Ma.

Also, the North Korean dictator just threatened to tame our “mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire” which, you know, I get the sentiment there. He is definitely mentally deranged, as well as a dotard. Calling it like they see it. But I’m not on board with the taming with fire part. Could we start by training with some warm drinks, maybe? Avoid the whole raining of doom and fire and radioactive decay?

Another part of it is that I’m deep in the process of drafts for a finished manuscript, covered in sticky notes with grammar and pacing tips, sucking down caffeine and only breaking away to feed my three little boogers and clean the house occasionally. Another manuscript is going out in query batches, as The Magic of Manuscript Rejections: Part 5 says. And a third is in progress, when I get tired of editing. Posting blog things kind of fell by the wayside.

I still want to assist you in whatever way I can though, so here are some good articles on writing in Deep POV for you fellow fiction authors. If that POV is not your jam, click on over to my For Writers page and go nuts with all the resources there.

  • Six great tips on how to write Deep POV from Kristen Kieffer at Well-Storied.com. She includes examples for each of the tips she gives, which is always so much better than just reading a list of ‘do’ and ‘don’t’.

“Deep POV is a very present, in-the-moment style. If you want to stay in the character’s mindset, you can’t write lengthy exposition, backstory info-dumps, and descriptions. All of that must be worked in naturally throughout your novel using only the POV character’s thoughts, actions, senses, and conversations” (from article, 23 April, 2015.)

  • Take on Deep POV with a super quick history of writing and a lot of humor from author and editor Kristen Lamb. She also includes an example, moving from omniscient narrator to deep POV in small steps for you to follow.

“If we really pause and think about it, thought and sense words are frequently redundant. If we are IN the character’s head? We KNOW she is thinking. Who else would be thinking?” (From article, 9 June 2015.)

So, enjoy. Good luck with your writing. If you have some updates on your current work go ahead and link me to them. I will make some time, for that!

 

 

Featured photo courtesy stocksnap.io and Sergei Soloviev

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