Going Deep: Point of View, Of Course!


It’s time again for my semi-annual work-in-progress novel writing contest blitz.Those not familiar with this somewhat threatening-sounding phrase should rest easy. It’s just my way of getting feedback on my manuscripts...Beta readers are critical to the editing process, and I have my own trusted circle of constructive critics. However, sometimes I need more than a reader’s opinion—I need to hear it straight from the pros. That’s one of the reasons why I often enter my manuscripts into writing contests. I choose contests that encourage the judges to provide specific comments about various elements of a novel because, more than anything else, I want the feedback. I’ll enter a few contests, wait for the score sheets to come back, then start looking over them for similar comments among the returns. And, as usual, my judges have come through. One specific comment kept popping up, so I knew I had to address the issue. (I also figured it would make a great writing craft post. See? When I lose contests, everyone wins. Just my way of paying it forward.) That issue was deep point of view.

Read the entire article in the July/August 2015 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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