The POV edit.

As writers we are always finding things to tinker with in our work before sending it off. But, as I have found to my own cost it is not the number of times a piece is read, it is what you do to it that counts.

One of my previous “fails” has been in Point of View (POV). Point if View is an important part of the story. A story is told from a particular POV and one has to be consistent in keeping that POV, unless it is clear by creating a new chapter or section in the work that a new or different POV is now being considered.

You can’t switch hit from one POV to another from line to line. The story loses focus and the reader will become confused and lost. Have a POV and stick to it.

This is why after I have read it through several times and fixed the continuity, time line and other plot based errors I do an edit that solely looks at POV. I ask myself, from whose Point of View is this section about? There can be more than one character in the section and all sorts of things are going on, but who is driving the bus? If is Jim, then tell the story as Jim would see it.

That means you can’t put things like “Jim handed her the bag and Sarah felt it was too heavy.”

If the bag was too heavy, how would Jim “know” that it was too heavy, i.e. what did Sarah do that would tell Jim that the bag was too heavy? Did her shoulder slump? Did she say anything? That is still keeping Jim’s POV.

I would always recommend a separate POV edit. It makes the work consistent and that will keep the reader on board.


About purpleandrew

Andrew, recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome is a 54 year old former geologist always had short hair, suited & booted for work. That all changed when the credit crunch hit. Now a complimentary therapist, hospital radio presenter, and writer. Andrew writes crime thrillers, Young Adult, and fantasy books as well as blogging about writing and other stuff that he feels strongly about.
This entry was posted in control, editing, managing your writing, Point of View, selling your books, The Handbook of TOP TIPS To Manage Your Writing, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to The POV edit.

  1. Good tip on something to look out for.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s