- Paperback: 62 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470063859
- ISBN-13: 978-1470063856
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View Paperback – March 5, 2012
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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 www.jillelizabethnelson.com or look her up on Facebook or Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/JillElizabethNelson.Author or @JillElizNelson.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I put it to one side and read my other books, first.
Last night, figuring that I'd get the worst over with, I climbed into bed and started reading this book.
Wow. I was so wrong. This is one of those books that would have been a worthwhile purchase if it had been just 10 pages long. The information in this book is essential for fiction writers and "true story" authors. It's useful for many nonfiction books, too. (Most of my work is fact-loaded nonfiction, with an occasional sojourn in "true story" territory.)
Nelson's book is a no-fluff, "do this, not that" kind of book. Great examples, good explanations, and lots of ways to use this advice... in pretty nearly everything you write. Ever.
Really, I've been writing for 30 years. I'm a best-selling author. Still, reading this book was part facepalm and part ah-HA!
Once the author pointed out what I've been doing wrong, the errors were clear. Why didn't this occur to me sooner? Why didn't anyone else explain this to me?
Well, better late than never.
And -- for me, anyway -- this was a reminder not to judge a book by its cover, or by its size, either.