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Method Acting For Writers: Learn Deep Point Of View Using Emotional Layers Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : July 3, 2018
- File size : 1187 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 120 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- ASIN : B07F8GM4B1
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #318,972 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author points out some of the ways writers inadvertently create a distance between readers and the story... by doing things like insinuating their own voices where they don't belong or dropping unnecessary info bombs right in the middle of the action. (You know... that stuff most readers skim read.) She also served up some particularly good food for thought regarding the use of taglines vs. "beats." I've always been more of a "beat" writer, or at least, that's what I thought I was... but as it turns out, it seems that some of my beats are more like stage directions. (oops!) I definitely need to read that section again...
All-in-all, I think this is a book that can benefit any writer, and it's also one I plan to read again... to better absorb some of the ideas that I may have missed the first time around. My only beef, and this is kinda stupid... is the author uses the pronoun "they" when referring to a single individual, and she does it multiple times. I realize times have changed, and using a plural pronoun in this manner has become "acceptable" in some writing circles, but to me, it's worse than fingernails screeching across the blackboard. For that admittedly petty reason, I give this book 4 1/2 stars.
This short but excellent book was everything that I’ve needed as a struggling advocate of deep POV. I’d attempted to go deep a few times over recent years and tried to use guidance in online articles. Sometimes my writing felt as though it was getting deeper, other times it felt like another failed attempt.
Now, at last, I have a convenient guide on my desk. And as I was reading her book, I was writing another short story, and, with Lisa Hall-Wilson’s guidance, phrases traced salt-runs on my cheeks.
Okay, that’s more purple than deep, but this gem of non-fiction was full of so much immense value that my current writing makes me feel more confident. From simple ways to eliminate unnecessary telling and ways for going deeper, to creating voice and layering emotions, there are so many simple techniques to help a writer tackle deep point of view,
I felt that I was ready to delve far more in my writing with every page I read and I wrote. For me, this was essential and invaluable. (Apologies for weird phrases pulled from a catarrh-addled brain.)
I won’t remove a star for the lack of page numbers as there is great advice on every page. And it doesn’t end there as Lisa Hall-Wilson has a Facebook page – Confident Writers – and she runs courses and offers online help.
I feel as though I need to read more about Deep POV and read more examples of books written entirely using only this method. At this point, it seems that this style of writing would work better for some genres than others. Despite current and popular trends, not all stories are meant to be fast-paced and in the moment. Still, I’m fascinated by the prospect of turning good story ideas into an action-pact product, when applicable.
I liked the tips about using subtext in writing. This is something I’ve often attempted and now feel as though I can do better after reading this book.
Overall, I like this and learned a lot from it. I’m still not completely sold on Deep POV as a singular writing style for me personally, but it’s definitely something I’ll continue to explore.
Recommended to aspiring writers and writers looking to hone new skills.
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Well worth keeping close at hand, both when writing and editing.