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Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Perils of P.O.V.

My publisher revealed a list of reasons for rejections recently. The blog post is a catalog of editor comments. A clear pattern emerged. It included all the usual suspects: poor writing, telling (not showing), lack of focus, two-dimensional characters, passive writing, pacing problems. But one of the biggest reasons for rejection was the writer's inability to control P.O.V. Here is the link to the article. It's an interesting read.

Do you struggle with P.O.V.? There are some good books on the subject, such as: The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life or Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint.

Do you have any favorite books on the subject? Please share them if you do.

So, if you're struggling to place a manuscript with an agent or publisher, consider your use of P.O.V. If you think that's an issue, study books that you enjoy and ask yourself how the writer brings that character to life. Sometimes the best way to learn is by studying writers whom you admire. And, of course, writing consistently. Like everything else, practice makes perfect.


DEZMOND said...

this was very interesting, Doralynn!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Thanks Dezmond! Love your blog, by the way.

Donna Hole said...

I'll check out the link, thanks. I write mostly in 3rd limited, so I have very few POV problems. Mine mistakes are in Voice usually.

I'll keep the recommended books in mind though, I'm always on the lookout for good books on writing.

BTW: I love your profile write-up. What an interesting person you are. I'm sure all that varied experience will make your novel a fascinating read. Its going at the top of my TBR list.


Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Donna, I mostly write in 3rd limited myself. Voice is difficult to figure out. That was also mentioned by the editors. And thanks for the nice comments. My experience does come in handy... gives me plenty to write about. Thanks for adding me to your TBR list! Doralynn

storyqueen said...

I am tinkering with POV in a story right now. It is not easy when the story wants to go a certain way, and I want it to go the other!


Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Shelley, I know exactly what you mean! I'm finishing up a novel right now, and the darn thing just threw a completely unexpected monkey wrench into the mess. Now I'm flummoxed. And the story has come to a screeching halt.

Thanks for visiting!

Ashley Nixon said...

I think, even if you don't feel like you struggle with something, it's always good to read about anything!

BTW - I gave you an award. Head on over to my blog to claim it! So glad to have a new friend! :)

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Wow Ashley, thank you! My first award! And I'm happy to have a new friend as well!