Monday


Camille Minichino

Michael Black

Tuesday


Priscilla Royal

Ann Parker

Wednesday


Carole Price

Terry Shames

Thursday


Staci McLaughlin

Hannah Jayne
 

Friday


Sharan Newman

Margaret Lucke

« NEWS and Juggling POV | Main | POV, or Who Said That? »

March 25, 2013

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Mysti

Love these examples, Mike! My WIP has a single POV (3rd person), and sometimes "the camera's" POV slips in there when I forget I'm not writing a screenplay. Luckily my beta readers, especially the inestimable Camille Minichino, always bust me for it :)

One day I'll have the courage to experiment with POV. But I have to finish learning how to do one correctly first :)

Thanks!

camille minichino

I'm still trying to get it right with one POV too, which is why I'm a good buster.

Thanks for the great examples, Mike. Head-hopping never quite works for me either.

Michael A. Black

Thanks, Mysti. I totally agree that Camille is a super reader. She's a great writer as well. Speaking of the "camera's" POV, I use The Maltese Falcon as an example of what I call an objective third person POV because Hammett never gets into anyone's head, just like you're watching a movie.

Ann

Hi Michael! I learned somewhere along the line that third-person POV can be further split into "close" and "distant." Close third is almost like first person--the reader knows what the character sees, hears, smells, tastes, thinks, etc. Distant third is more like the camera POV mentioned by Mysti above. I think of it as having a camera and a microphone mounted on the character's head: The reader sees and hears what the character does, but isn't privy to thoughts and feelings. At least, that's what I was taught at some point "way back when." :-)

Pat morin

I learned recently, in a literary workshop, that third person "singular" is that "close" person point of view. Very effective, actually. I like it. The third person "camera" view is the one I was used to, also. Guess it's knownin' when to work them. :) I'm utilizing the "close" view for my noir novel, and it's interesting! We are always learning, aren't we?
Thanks, Michael, for the different perspectives.

Pat Morin

I learned recently, in a literary workshop, that third person "singular" is that "close" person point of view. Very effective, actually. I like it. The third person "camera" view is the one I was used to, also. Guess it's knownin' when to work them. :) I'm utilizing the "close" view for my noir novel, and it's interesting! We are always learning, aren't we?
Thanks, Michael, for the different perspectives!

Admin

Admin comment--the software "burped" and posted Pat's comments twice, and posted Camille's comment before Mysti's when it was written after. Typepad is working on the comments issues and getting them sorted out.

Michael A. Black

Hey, Admin, considering at one time we had some unauthorized commercial comments appearing (yeah, they were from Viagra) I think it's great that some of these good writerly comments were posted twice. Using different POVs can be a lot of fun, close or distant. I think the trick is to find the one you're most comfortable with that's that best way to tell your story. Thanks for the comments.

The comments to this entry are closed.

My Photo