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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.
"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 each 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 an 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.
I found other sentences that the author said are written in DPOV, but for me they don't work well. They take me out of that dream. To write from a DPOV, you need to keep your reader dreaming.
This booklet is very short, includes a lot of worksheets. It shouldn't have been made into a book but given to readers on the author's blog. It was way overpriced.
It contains 'worksheets' which seemed a bit like padding as this is a very very short book considering the price. I suppose others may have found those useful, but it seemed a bit cheeky to me.
There's so little in there - I read it and returned it, then took my questions about Deep POV (still numerous) and conducted a *free Google search*, where I found all the suggestions from the book and plenty more thoughts and advice from other authors. Deep, shallow and a sort of continuum of POV depth - read about it for free on Google. Then make up your own mind, and write like the individual you are.
Ultimately I think that it's not the depth of your POV that matters so much as the variety of sentence structure. Get in close for some deep POV revelations when it's appropriate or pull back for a wider view of things when that is a better choice.
Regardless, I might have kept it on my Kindle if it cost 99p or less, which is a more reasonable price for this book.
That aside, this short, easy read makes a clear point about putting more 'punch' in a character's POV. I took away some good tips that will, hopefully, find good application in my own writing. Recommended, with the above reservation.
There is a fair amount of what to do (and what not to do), but not much instruction on how to do it well.
The examples quickly become stale so don't expect much variety.
For me it was helpful, but I would have liked something more.