Monday, April 23, 2012

POV

One of my favorite sessions at the MWG Conference was on Point of View. The presentor was Christie Craig, a romance novelist, author of over 3,000 magazine articles, and who just got a book listed on the New York Times Best Seller list. (Go Christie!)

The biggest revelation to me in that class was that point of view doesn't just mean which eyes are viewing the scene. It means which background is looking. From what emotional standpoint. How are all the senses involved in that point of view? A sweet little girl will describe a china teacup in a very different way than a NFL star. When a writer ties emotion and background to point of view, it deepens the connection between the writer and the reader, something all readers want to achieve.

This next week I will be putting this new idea to work as I re-write my novel's first two chapters from 1st person to 3rd. Why? One of the agents agreed to read it if I did. So now the pressure's on!