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THE ART OF DEEP POINT OF VIEW


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Through my critique group I’ve been learning the art of deep point of view. For those that don’t know, this is when you remove the words that distance the reader from the scene. Deep point of view lets the reader view everything around them through the eyes and thoughts of one character. You BECOME the person you’re reading about. Therefore, every smell, every emotion, every sight they see, is heightened for the reader, making for a fulfilling journey through the story.

Here is a passage through my own work in progress, Tidal Falls, before edits:

“Hey, Annie, it’s me. How’s my baby girl doing?”
“Oh she’s great, I haven’t seen the two of them all morning. They’re in the back room painting, hopefully not the walls!” She laughed.
Sara smiled at the thought of Annie going back to a room painted all the colors of a rainbow. Jessica had just started mixing paints to see what new and exotic color she could come up with, poor Annie.

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Not bad, but I think I can make it better.

“Hey, Annie, it’s me. How’s my baby girl doing?”
“Oh, she’s great. I haven’t seen the two of them all morning. They’re in the back room painting up a storm, hopefully not on my walls!” She laughed
A picture of her friend going back to a room painted all the colors of a rainbow sprung to mind and a shit-eating grin spread across her face. Poor Annie.

Tighter, cleaner, better. What do you think?

JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.   She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters. Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. :)

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