Thursday, 17 October 2013

Tory Richards: Point of View (POV)

Today's guest blogger is Tory Richards, author of Bishop's Angel... 

In the beginning of my writing career, I can't tell you how many times I received rejection letters that said, your POV issues keep this from being a manuscript we would be interested in, and until a publisher was kind enough to explain what POV was, I was clueless. I bought a POV book and studied it.

I wish a lot of indie authors would do the same thing. I've been reading a lot of indie books lately, really good ones. However, most of them all have one thing in common, POV issues. It's frustrating, and confusing, when you're reading a story where the author is jumping back and forth between the character's thoughts (POV) in the same paragraph, or scene. Below is an example of what I'm talking about.

Wrong way -

 "Don't open the door, Dolly." Ron knew she would be in for a big shock if she did, and he wanted to prepare her first. He'd been unable to locate her mother, but he had found her twin sister, Anne. (his POV)
Dolly wondered what was behind the door that he didn't want her to see, was it her long lost mother? Has Ron finally found her? She felt excitement over the possibility, and a little nervousness. "Why, what will I find?" (switched to her POV)

 Correct way -
"Don't open the door, Dolly." Ron knew she would be in for a big shock if she did, and he wanted to prepare her first. He'd been unable to locate her mother, but he had found her twin sister, Anne. (his POV)
"Why, what will I find?" He heard the excitement in her tone, saw a glimmer of it in her sparkling eyes. "Did you find my mother?" (his POV)

I hope this article helps all of you new authors out there. If you're passionate about writing, and putting the best product out there, which helps build your fan base I might add, then take this information to heart.

See more of Tory Richards at:
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Amazon author page
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About Tory Richards' Bishop's Angel
After ten years of sacrificing everything for his country as a Navy SEAL, Bishop is looking for salvation, and something more permanent in his life. Angel, a pretty teacher, thinks she's just what he needs. Their chemistry is instant, and explosive, only Bishop has trouble letting go of his commitment to his country. It's up to Angel to prove there's room for her in his life.

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