Contest Entries, Part 2: Understanding POV

~ By Laura Trentham  This is Part 2 of my observations from judging lots of RWA contests for unpublished manuscripts. I really love judging, not only to give back to a process that gave me my start in publishing, but by critiquing someone else’s writing, I discover weakness in my own. Part 1 focused on the actual beginning of your story and the delicate balance of backstory in the first three chapters. Now, I’m going to discuss a craft item that affects not just your first chapters, but you entire book. Deep POV. First, let me say, this is...

Writing: POV

~ By Corrina Lawson Note: The post originally appeared here.  Yes, we can argue all day long about whether switching POV in the middle of a scene is a good idea or not. But here’s why POV is important: the way a reading is sucked into a story is that they’re seeing the world through a character’s eyes. If you swap to another pair of eyes, the reader will be disoriented and might *stop reading.* That’s bad. So feel free to head-hop as much as you want but be aware you run the risk of tossing a reader out of...

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