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Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View [Kindle Edition]

Jill Elizabeth Nelson
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Book Description

Dear Novelist: Would you like your readers to live your stories, not merely read them? Deep Point of View anchors your readers inside the point of view character(s) of your novel. This handbook shows you how to perform the transformation from ordinary narrative to deep narrative in clear, easy-to-master steps. I invite you to sweep your writing to the next level with a technique that creates immediacy and intimacy with your readers and virtually eliminates show/don't tell issues. My Best to You, Jill

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About the Author

Award-winning author and writing teacher, Jill Elizabeth Nelson, writes what she likes to read--tales of adventure seasoned with romance, humor, and faith. Jill is a popular speaker for conferences, writers groups, library associations, and civic and church groups. She delights to bring the "Ahah! Moment" to her students as they make new skills their own. Visit Jill on the web at or look her up on Facebook or Twitter: or @JillElizNelson.

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  • File Size: 137 KB
  • Print Length: 63 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470063859
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  • Language: English
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice introduction but... October 25, 2012
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This book is a nice introduction on DPOV, but I was looking for much more and more in depth on the subject. If you don't know what a DPOV is, then this book is for you. If you're fimiliar with it, it will not give you depth you're looking for.

There are things the writer hasn't mentioned which I consider basics. I wish this writer would check with other writers to add to this small booklet and correct the author's mishaps.

Some of the examples given weren't that deep. Same expressions sounded like cliche. And anything that's overused will ruin that dream.

Some of the things just weren't explained right and confused me.

For example:

"We should not indicate to our reader what the POVC is feeling or thinking or doing before we have delivered the cause and effect always"!


I might agree with not telling the feeling, but the rest is misleading. It's if you would ask, "What came first?: an egg or a chicken?" Something has to come first.
Thoughts precede actions. But you don't have to write each thought before the action. Another rule in writing is to start with action and explain later.

And I don't see anything wrong with using prepositional phrases. That shouldn't even be taken into consideration. If a sentence is telling, naming the emotion, or violating the order, that's the reason why it isn't in DPOV.

And consider the following:

"A sigh heaved between my lips..."

I don't consider the above DPOV. Who thinks that way? If you're in the character's head and using DPOV, you wouldn't think that. I sighted works much better. A sigh doesn't leave from another part of the body. It's overwritten.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation of Point of View July 9, 2012
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As an editor, one of the biggest problems I see, especially from new authors, is difficulty with point of view. This book is the answer to that problem. It not only explains point of view simply and clearly, it provides excellent examples that help authors understand exactly what they need to do to improve their writing and make their stories come alive. I will definitely recommend this book to each and every one of my authors and I plan to reread it and apply the techniques to improve my own writing as well. This book is worth every penny and then some.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! July 12, 2012
By K McKee
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This book will challenge any writer, no matter how experienced, to a higher standard of the craft. Jill Elizabeth Nelson changed the way I write my fiction. Going "deep" eliminated several problems in my writing and created others, e.g., working harder at characterization, avoiding lazy language, and writing in a linear fashion.

Be afraid! After reading Rivet Your Readers (three times in a row), I found examples of shallow POV everywhere in my WIP. Thankfully, with the help of Ms. Nelson's examples, I know how to rewrite for better effect. If you're unsure of the difference between shallow POV and deep POV, this short, pithy book will make it clear. So, fellow writers, prepare to be challenged and sensitized.

Highly recommended!
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite Writing Book September 5, 2012
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I am currently at work on my first novel and when RIVET YOUR READERS WITH DEEP POINT OF VIEW popped up as "something I may be interested in," I added it to my in-box. (I was on a kick with writing reference books). In all honesty, I didn't love this book. It's a great booklet for beginner writers, but I really felt like I knew a lot of the presented material already. Many examples the author uses are right from her own novels, which I found to be less-than diplomatic. The book is short, too--so you can read it quickly--I finished it in a couple of hours. The author does do a good job of inserting quick "homework" paragraphs for you to re-write. But, personally I didn't want a workbook. I wanted a motivating writing reference that would stoke the creative fires.

My understanding of point-of-view (POV) is more along the lines of character development versus active/passive writing which is what RIVET YOUR READERS WITH DEEP POINT OF VIEW does. A quick and easy guide for self-teaching more active writing, but not recommended if you have a fairly good grasp on what makes good writing/reading.
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs more rivet, less strut December 24, 2012
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Nelson is onto a good idea here, but her book suffers greatly from the fact that she uses her own work to model 'good writing' rather than using master writers. No offense to the author, but the constant use of her own writing (and only her writing) struck me as self-promotional and narrow. I have no doubt she is a decent writer, but then, I'm guessing that most who buy books on craft are already decent writers.

Had the author taken the time and effort to research and employ master works to model her lessons, the book might be worth the price, (perhaps triple the price), but her posing her own writing as authoritative is highly distracting, at times even laughably so, and it's no way to teach craft.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful information July 24, 2012
I have been writing part-time for many years, and selling some of what I write, but this book showed me ways to improve my writing immensely. Editors would tell me to "Show, not tell," and I thought I knew what they meant, but Elizabeth Nelson has shown me a much deeper meaning to that phrase. I am applying her methods now, and my writing is already improving.

This is a short ebook, but well worth the cost for both beginning and more experienced writers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book. It's short but full of information and ...
This is a very good book. It's short but full of information and was just what I needed. I highly recommend it.
Published 18 hours ago by Barbara Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet -- Finally I Understand Deep POV
This is the book that finally got Deep POV into my brain. Is it a short book? Yes, but the 60 pages are all that are necessary. Does she use examples only from her own books? Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Found the pamphlet to be lacking in many ways.
The pamphlet (to short to be a book) was very disappointing. I was only able to glen a few helpful hints to improve my writing and the rest irritated me. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Laurel A. Suttles
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every dime
Jill's book helped me find my deep POV voice. Thanks for all the shared knowledge.
This trend held me back, but no more.
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Sharon J Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book that details how to self-edit and really avoid ...
A wonderful book that details how to self-edit and really avoid shallow writing, and how to use deep POV. Highly recommended!
Published 1 month ago by Sherry Soule
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on deep point view
Great book on deep point view! It's a great tool for any writer. Sometimes writers don't realize how shallow some of their writing can be. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cparney
5.0 out of 5 stars There might be other books out that only deal with ...
There might be other books out that only deal with deep point of view, but I've not found them. This book went to work straight away. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debra J. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice and to the point. Her suggested solutions to the exercises were useful to me.
Published 2 months ago by dmj
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