#atozchallenge U is for Understanding POV #Writing Point of View #WriteTip
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U is for “Understanding”
Book: Point Of View: Understanding Which P.O.V. is Best for Your Story and Using it Effectively by Alfie Thompson
My dice roll: 599 (ebook location out of 653)
Lesson: Some rules for effective POV
Avoid “felt” words, such as: felt, saw, thought, suspected, wondered, wished, figured, expected. Show us what’s going on in the mind or heart of the character.
Be careful when using “as if” in descriptions. “The car was old, as old as if Henry Ford himself had driven it off the assembly line.” That could be tweaked.
Characters should speak with the same voice as when they think, normally. Don’t change the vocabulary or accent, unless there’s a very good reason (like the character is lying about their identity).
Use the five senses to bring out details in a scene and reflect who the character is. Texture, shape, size, and smell are good descriptors.
Let thoughts, actions, and speech show emotions. Avoid emotional adverbs like angrily, happily, sadly, joyfully, etc.
Wend’s car announced her arrival at the small blue house with a loud squeak from the brakes, a noisy puttering from the engine, and the door squealing in protest at being opened. Bits of rust crashed onto the pavement as she slammed the door shut and then pressed against it with her hip, until the latch finally clicked. She wiggled her key in the lock of the trunk. “Come on, Poppy Jalopy,” she said to the mostly reddish-orange car. The trunk finally gave way so she could retrieve her bag.
Can you tell that Wend’s car isn’t brand new and perfect? Do you sense that she’s frustrated without the emotion being mentioned? Can you imagine what this car sounds like?
Have you ever watched the movie “Uncle Buck?”
What might be another example of a book or movie with a beat up car?
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