Thursday, July 26, 2007

POV Frustrations

I spent the last 5 days at the beach. I had a wonderful, quiet time with my parents, grandmother, sister and brother-in-law, nephews, and my own kids.

I did some reading which I'm embarrassed to say, happens less and less often. I finally finished that Christina Dodd and started a Linda the car, I listened to a Julie Garwood. And this is where my story really starts.

In 1999 Julie Garwood's book, Ransom was published. I really liked listening to this story! She's not one of my regular reads but I'll pick one up here or there.

[a quick aside...Am I the only one who thinks of 1999 being not that long ago? I suppose we're coming onto 10 years soon but 1999 is NOT a previous generation [in books], is it?]

My reason for questioning this is Garwood's lack of proper POV usage. She was all over the place in this novel. Bouncing around like a big red ball in seventh grade gym class during a dodgeball game.

My problem has nothing to do with her use of POV! It has to do with the fact that I still enjoyed the story! I had no problem feeling the characters. I had no problems with confusion or wondering what was going on or who was doing what, saying what... Honestly, if I hadn't decided to start writing stories, I probably wouldn't have even noticed.

I've been spending months...months, I tell you!...limiting my writing. Limiting my use of ing verbs, -ly descriptions, that, was(okay, I understand the was and has been and really boring verbs...) and I'm tired of it!

I want to hone my craft but what I've done is hog-tied my creativity. It's why my stuff is flat crap. So, I'm turning a new leaf. This may not be a free for all but it will be all...

All of my skill...
All of my creativity...
All of my instinct...
and all the lessons I've learned and will learn from this day forward.


  1. Only writers notice POV switches. Seriously, I had no idea there was such a thing until I got my first critique.

    And now I'm reading a book that has everyone's POV on the same page!

  2. Sometimes I get to caught up in the "rules" that I forget the story.
    Even if you have to clean it up later, write the story. THAT'S what counts first. The rest of the "Craft" will come in time.
    That's an opinion, but see how it works for you.

  3. OMG. Someone who feels the way I do. I tired of all the rules thrown at you. I just want to write and forget them--atleast until the edits.

  4. Hey forget the rules. If your story works it works. That's my argument and I'm sticking with it!

  5. Yeah, I'm just about "over" the rules myself. I'd say if you can tell your story better by head hopping and using adverbs, go for it. The most important thing is to tell your story, your way and in your voice.

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I agree, a large bed will be a major prerequisite for whatever vacation I choose! :-)

  6. This looks great! I hear what you're saying about the time flying - it's amazing when you look at it as something measurable in terms of writing - such as, WHAT was being published a decade ago versus now.

    I hear you ladies on the rules! Perhaps we should start a anti-rule publishing company

  7. You're such a good friend.


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