I’m looking at the world a little bit differently today. And having a blast doing it. I attended a great workshop by a wonderful writer this weekend. Christie Craig, you are my hero! 🙂
I thought I knew what POV(Point of View) was. I learned the hard way to stop head hopping as they say, and make my character’s behave and speak differently. But I had no idea there was so much more to this POV stuff. Internal dialogue and intuition. Now why didn’t I think of that?
Then there is Deep POV. This is what makes a reader love, hate or feel sorry for a character. It is what makes us want to keep reading. What makes us think about a character long after the story ends because we’ve come to care about them. Imaginary friends we feel like we really know or may have run into somewhere along our busy day.
The light bulbs went off and I believe a few sparks might have shot out too as the rusty wheels started turning. This is why I love Christie’s books so much. They are full of emotion. Her character’s think, move and react like real people. I relate to them. Duh… It’s easy to see now.
I’ve been going back through the books I’ve read that I just can’t get out of my head and sure enough, there it is as plain as day. These character’s thoughts and actions make me laugh, cry and cringe. They literally jump off the page and smack you with the emotion they are feeling at that very moment. I learn about their past a little bit at a time, not through three pages of backstory. Ah…backstory. Another one of the painful learning curves I’ve endured during this writing journey.
This insight couldn’t come at a better time. I’m doing final edits right now and can’t wait to go back to add these little gems of information and give my character’s that added boost they’ve been missing. I know why I love or hate them, and if I do this right my readers will too.
It’s been quite comical ever since the workshop. Now every time I walk into a room, I find myself trying to figure out what one of my characters might be thinking. What would jump out at them, bring back a painful or special memory. Even people watching has become more fun. LOL No one sees the same thing quite the same way. Brilliant!
I guess this is another one of those, “You know you’re a writer when” moments. 🙂 To the girl at the McDonald’s drive through window – Sorry for staring at your Hello Kitty nose ring, I was just trying to figure out whose voice was in my head and why the heck they were freaking out.
Hmmm…Was that just me or one of my characters. LOL
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www.christie-craig.com Romance Books
www.cchunterbooks.com YA Books