Tuesday, July 1, 2008

POV

No news means I’m busy. At least in the real job anyways. Not much to report there, just trying to keep my head above water. What can I say, some days are better than others.

I’m still working on my reads for another writer. She has a crazy writing schedule this year. My heartfelt respect goes out to her. She is insanely prolific right now. I haven’t known her for a long time, but her hard work is obvious and a huge part of her getting six books on contract. A lot of people say they want to write full time and everything, but this is one woman that has actually done it.

On my own writing front, I haven’t gotten too much done. I wrote two scenes that I’ve been stuck on. I’m happy with the first writing of it, though it needs a ton of work, adding in the layers of emotion and tension I’m trying to keep up. My marker only shows I wrote about 2,000 words but it was more like 3,500. I have all kinds of notes throughout telling me where to put certain bits of info. Once I write the scene I delete the notes. It works for me, but it’s somewhat self defeating when my numbers don’t show better than that.

I have a scene that needs to go in between these that I was waiting on some info for. Now I have the info and I’m tettering on whose POV to put it in. Which one will give me more bang for the buck? So now I need to look at the other two scenes that I wrote and then rethink all three. I’m not going to lose sleep over it, but I’d like to get the POV right the first time. Leah, I promise I won’t spend too much time on this. : ) She is always reminding me to just keep writing, that’s what the edits are for. So as soon as I have some extra time one evening this week I’m going to look over it and write it.

Are there any tricks you use to help you figure out POV?

3 comments:

Leah Braemel said...

My marker only shows I wrote about 2,000 words but it was more like 3,500. I have all kinds of notes throughout telling me where to put certain bits of info. Once I write the scene I delete the notes. It works for me, but it’s somewhat self defeating when my numbers don’t show better than that.

That's the way I write too. It helps me keep track of where I am in the story and what I need to go back and do when I'm editing.

Now I have the info and I’m tettering on whose POV to put it in. Which one will give me more bang for the buck?

I've written scenes from both points of view and tried to decide which one reveals the most about a character's growth, as well as advancing the story. It's a tough decision sometimes - and sometimes *gasp* you can use one character's POV in the scene, and then the other character's POV in the sequel. Writing's a lot tougher than you think when you read someone else's work, isn't it?

But as you said I'd say - just keep moving forward and not worrying over a single scene.

One of the things I had to remind myself last week (I should blog about this actually) was that if/when I get stuck it's usually because the story doesn't have enough conflict, or I'm forcing a character to behave out of character. Took me three days to remember that last week then I wanted to bash my head into my desk because it was so freakin' obvious!

Dani said...

I am SO guilty of being into the story in my head that it becomes hard to see why it's not working on the page.

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one with the crazy notes. :)

Marley Delarose, Author said...

I haven't been in a writing mood this week. Something's wrong with the one I'm revising for submission and I haven't been able to figure it out.

I've heard that if you try to write some dialog in each pov and see which one flows better for you, the one that gives it the most interest and flows the best.

Let us know what you decide.