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Announcement: Blog Digest

Photo used in The Bow of Destiny book trailer

Photo used in The Bow of Destiny book trailer

Archer’s Aim has been growing recently and with that in mind I have begun plans to offer a digest at least every two weeks. My intent is to  re-cap recent blogs via email as well as add few tidbits of information about me as an author and where my writing is going. I’m also planning to make special offers on the digest to my readers as well as sneak-peeks to my upcoming novel, The Bow of Destiny. If you are interested there are two ways to receive the digest:

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This will contain links to my top posts so you can easily access what interests you. Check back for news on when I will begin this endeavor – thought it will likely be next month. Show your interest and subscribe today!

I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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PHS

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Deep POV Tips Pt. 5: Eliminate Narrative Distance

Editing for Deep POV

Editing for Deep POV

This writing tips series began after I attended a webinar in late July the subject of which was deep third person POV . Part 1 , Part 2Part 3 & Part 4 of this series are available if you want to catch-up on the topic. As promised, here are more tips gleaned from the presentation that you may find helpful as I know they will be for me.

One characteristic of deep POV is the elimination of narrative distance. What does this mean? Simply put, the reader lives with the POV character as the events happen instead of being informed or directed by a narrator. In other words, instead of using a narrative voice with tags that cue the reader on activity and dialogue by the main POVC, the deep POV style lets the reader experience the action with the main POVC.  For example:

Narratvie usage: When the door opened, Martha turned with surprise and said, “Who’s there?”

Deep POV: The door banged open. Martha whirled. “Who’s there?”

Notice the difference? There’s not a tag for Martha’s question. Also the action is ongoing in the second example which is accomplished by the verb usage and dropping unnecessary conditions and descriptions. In so doing, the narrative excess is removed along with the telling and passivity.

In my next post, I’ll focus on another characteristic of deep POV and how it is applied.

Want more pointers? Try these resources for deep POV:

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Writer’s Guide to Emotion: Fiction Writing Tools by Sherry Soule

Check out Janice Hardy’s Fiction University.

Do you use deep POV? Why or why not? How do you utilize these and other aspects of this technique. I love receiving comments so feel free to leave one via the form. Also, you can receive notifications about this blog by email and even receive coupon to download my award-winning short story for free. Sign-up and download today!

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

P. H. Solomon

9 Tips for Newbie Blog Growth

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Clip Art Image Copyright by Microsoft. Clip Art Used by Permission of Microsoft

Blog growth is not easy for new bloggers. Many experience few expected results and quit posting at all. Here are a some tips I’ve learned to grow your blog’s reach:

  1. Stick to it and post frequently – the more posts you have the more there is to see and appear on internet searches. Blogging requires consistency and commitment. It’s a common axiom among bloggers but it’s true.
  2. If you have a way to share blogs from other bloggers do so – WordPress has the re-blog option.
  3. WordPress has another feature – Publicize. Use this to broadcast your post to social media. If you are on another source or can get a plug-in like this make use of it.
  4. When publicizing to social media do so effectively. For instance, with Twitter use appropriate hashtags in the message. When I forget to add hashtags my site visits decrease but when used well I have more visitors.
  5. Re-post when you aren’t blogging. When you have enough posts schedule some old ones to be re-posted during the times when you don’t post. This will increase visitors to your site. See my two recent results posts here and here regarding this strategy.
  6. Write posts and schedule posts in advance. This way you can stay ahead of your schedule and relax while your site does the work. Being organized leads to growth and this is one way to accomplish that goal.
  7. Use pictures, clip art, podcasts and other visual media. For more information on accessing free photos and art clip see this post.
  8. Invite someone to write a blog for your site based on your topic. I’m trying this one soon myself.
  9. Similarly, host a blog book tour if you have a site based on writing. This is a great way to attract visitor and possibly gain followers.

Bonus: Have patience – it takes time to grow a blog.

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Clip Art Image Copyright by Microsoft. Clip Art Used by Permission of Microsoft

Have you been tempted to give up blogging? What ideas do you have to attract readers to your site? I’d love to hear from you so won’t you leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section? I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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