A story idea could be presented to readers countless different ways. How can we choose the best perspective for telling the tale?
It’s time for another post as a Resident Writing Coach over at Writers Helping Writers, where we’re digging into point of view and whether a deeper POV is always better.
We’ve discussed POV and voice, but what does the term “word choice” mean, how does it affect our writing, and what goes into choosing the right words?Pin It
Our story is—in many respects—what our story’s POV tells readers it is. So what do we want readers to get out of our story and chosen POV?Pin It
Third-person POV ranges from the most distant to the deepest perspectives, so how can we tell where our story falls on the POV spectrum to avoid problems?Pin It
Most stories are written in literary past tense. What does that term mean, and if different from normal past tense, how is literary past tense different?Pin It
A common question in writing forums asks when we should italicize a character’s thoughts. How should we format our characters’ internalizations?Pin It
We often want to share both characters’ reactions during dialogue. How can we do so without causing point-of-view, head-hopping, or attribution issues?Pin It
Some stories benefit from multiple points of view, but only if we follow a few do’s and don’ts. Here’s how to write multiple POVs right.Pin It
Several writing craft issues tend to be hallmarks of what’s called “lazy writing.” The practice of head hopping is usually considered lazy writing, but we might not understand why it earns that label. Let’s learn more and see how we can avoid head hopping and the “lazy writing” trap.Pin It