Deep POV Tips Part 3

A few weeks ago I attended a webinar the subject of which was deep third person POV and wrote Part 1  & Part 2 of this series shortly after that time. As promised, here are more tips gleaned from the presentation that you may find helpful as I know they will be for me.

Avoid these types of words: These are divided into two categories and should be avoided as forms of telling rather than showing. With deep POV using these words is inconsistent with the perspective of the character and jars the reader out of their experience with the story’s flow.

1. Narrative words about character activity:

Editing for Deep POV

Editing for Deep POV

Thought

Realized

Wished

Felt

See/Saw

Heard

Knew

Speculated

Questioned

2. Words telling the POV character’s emotional state:

Anger

Fear

Nervousness

Fury

Joy

Shyness

Doubt

Despair

There are many more commonly used words that could be added to these lists. Take time to edit these types of telling out of your deep POV to gain maximum effect from this style of writing. Again, deep POV will eliminate most telling/showing issues from your manuscript since it is like zooming in on the character.


080916_1940_AWildNightR1.jpgAbout the Author

P. H. SolIMG_4154-Editomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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