Deep P.O.V. Part One—What IS It? How Do We DO It?

Reblogging because this is what I try to edit to. If you let me. 😉 I love leaner and meaner, as anyone who reads my books knows.

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Writing is like anything else. The trends and fashions change along with the audience. For instance, Moby Dick spends an excruciatingly long time talking about whales, namely because the audience of the time probably had never seen one and never would. If we did this today? Sure, feel free to walk around in a literary gold-plated cod piece, but er…

Yes, awkward.

Epics were also very popular. Follow a character from the womb until death. FANTASTIC STUFF! Why? Because no one had HBO, Pinterest or Angry Birds. Books were a rare indulgence usually reserved for a handful of literate folks with the money or connections to get their hands on…a book.

Also, since writers were paid by the word, their works were padded more than a freshman term paper. Their motto? No modifier left behind. These days? We have to write leaner…

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4 Responses to Deep P.O.V. Part One—What IS It? How Do We DO It?

  1. A.M.B. says:

    I don’t mind “said”–I don’t really see it on the page while I’m reading–but it’s definitely important to get rid of unnecessary words (& I’m not good at it!). Great post. Thanks for linking to it!

    • I don’t even know if you can buy this book anymore, but Jane by Dee Wells was the first and only book I’ve read where no dialog tags were used. NONE. Not even “she said,” and as you point out, the reader skips right over it.

      It made a tremendous impression on me. The author is now dead, I believe, and I’m sorry to hear that. I wonder what else she might have produced, and I can’t help but think she would have gotten even better.

      I constantly strive to make my writing cleaner and leaner without sacrificing character and story development. I’m getting there. 🙂

      Btw, you’re a damn good writer yourself.

      • A.M.B. says:

        I’ll look for that book! Thanks for the kind words about my writing. That means a lot coming from you.

        • I didn’t know what I expected when I read your book–something about child twins, I figured–but I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be adult in nature. 🙂 I hope you plan to write more.

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