Finished reading chapter 4 “Revision & Self-Editing” by James Scott Bell on Point of View (POV). This was more scaled down than a standard high school English class lesson. Three tips on handling POV:
- Write the same scene in different POV’s, so you can see which has the greater impact on the reader or better generates the mood / emotion you’re trying to achieve with that scene
- Pick a POV and stick with it. . .stay consistent. If you’ve ever read the fantasy books by L.E. Modesitt Jr. he is creative in his POV usage, but many of the reviews say such inconsistency makes his books very difficult to read at timse.
- Write the same scene from the POV of different characters, as one character may bring a more interesting angle on the same events than another character
Chapter 5 was a very meaty chapter on Scene structure and the purpose of scenes. The advice is similar to several books I’ve read such as “The Marshall Plan of Novel Writing” and “First Draft in 30 Days“.
All the books basically spell out:
- There is an action / goal scene
- Followed by a reaction scene
- Lastly setting of a new goal. . .then rinse and repeat
This chapter, I think more than most, helps ensure the order of scenes — not necessarily order of chapters, as a chapter may be compiled from multiple scenes — is driven by what type of scene it is (action or reaction). When in doubt follow the working formula!
Writing prompt #0034
Write about the life of a post-it note.