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Friday, May 29, 2009

Rebecca Savage discusses it all.....

Hello, on a rainy day in Missour!
I hope you're having a great day wherever you are.
I'd like to start the day discussing POV: Point of View.
I used to head hop, mostly because writing is different than reading. When I was a reader, I read and had no idea the writers weren't switiching POV constantly, or at least most weren't, but once I started writing, I kept hearing about the 'rules', which we'll discuss more later. One of them was not to head hop, so I started using mostly the heroine's POV, mixing it in with hero's POV, and sometimes the villain's POV, and trying to use only one POV per chapter, or at least per scene.
Not that there aren't alot of good writers out there head hopping, but the rules for new writers are different from seasoned writers. Anyway, tell me your thoughts, and if you're an agent or editor or publisher, tell us what you're looking for and why, and if you're a reader, tell me if you truly get pulled out of the story if the POV switches too often.
Here is the list of subject for today;
Every hour I'll change and we can debate these things all day long:)
Readers & Writes Thoughts
How do you feel about:
1. POV
2. Queries
3. Synopses
4. characterization
5. plotting vs set of the pants writing
6. headhopping
7. dialog
8. GMC
9. passive voice
10. voice
11. the 'rules' :(
12. the competition
13. marketing
14. promotional items and their true value
15. critique parnters


Rebecca Savage
rebeccasavage.com
rebeccasavage@rebeccasavage.com
grgiall@yahoo.com
Author of Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Bestseller: February 2009: Coincidence: Champagne Books

15 comments:

Rebecca Savage said...

Hello, on a rainy day in Missour!
I hope you're having a great day wherever you are.
I'd like to start the day discussing POV: Point of View.
I used to head hop, mostly because writing is different than reading. When I was a reader, I read and had no idea the writers weren't switiching POV constantly, or at least most weren't, but once I started writing, I kept hearing about the 'rules', which we'll discuss more later. One of them was not to head hop, so I started using mostly the heroine's POV, mixing it in with hero's POV, and sometimes the villain's POV, and trying to use only one POV per chapter, or at least per scene.
Not that there aren't alot of good writers out there head hopping, but the rules for new writers are different from seasoned writers. Anyway, tell me your thoughts, and if you're an agent or editor or publisher, tell us what you're looking for and why, and if you're a reader, tell me if you truly get pulled out of the story if the POV switches too often.

Here is the list of subject for today;
Every hour I'll change and we can debate these things all day long:)

Readers & Writes Thoughts
How do you feel about:
1. POV
2. Queries
3. Synopses
4. characterization
5. plotting vs set of the pants writing
6. headhopping
7. dialog
8. GMC
9. passive voice
10. voice
11. the 'rules' :(
12. the competition
13. marketing
14. promotional items and their true value
15. critique parnters

Rebecca Savage said...

I think one way to keep from headhoppng is to get into deep POV; if you as a writer are really into what the character is doing, feeling, thinking, then you probably won't head hop as much; of course then it's hard to know what the other hcarcter is doing, but you have to view the other character through the POV of the one you're writing at the time;
so if you'r ein the heroine's pov, then you are writing the character of the hero, or another character, and watching how they react/act and showing the reader the charcter through the POV of the character whose head you're in at the time; Wow, I hope that was clearer than mud:)

Rebecca Savage said...

Do you think i'ts bad to start out a romance novel with the hero's POV? Or to have the book in the heor's POV for the first three chapters?
Or to have the hero's POV for more than the heroine's in thebook?
Is it the heroine's story, or do you want to know how the hero feels?
Can you relate to the hero?
Is it harder for you to 'talk' like a 'boy' or 'think' like a boy in a romance novel?

Rebecca Savage said...

In a short romance novel of less than 65,000 words, say for Harlequin or catergory romance of some sort, should you have villain's POV at all or is there room for that?

Rebecca Savage said...

Synopses:
Ugh!
That's all I'd like to say, but i'd like to say more;
I hear that most authors hate writing these;
It's so hard to put your voice into a summary of a story and know what to include and what to leave out;
I tend to be too wordy and sound like I'm writing a masters thesis, which would be my othr biggest problem because I have a mastrs in history so I tend o write like I'm writing a research paper;
I had to overcome that obstacle first when I went from workingon my masters to writing fiction;

Rebecca Savage said...

Oops! I skipped talking about queries....same thing applies as synopses:)
To put your story into a couple paragraphs, how torturous, but my biggest problems is, I tend to put my plot in the story and not focus on the characters and the romance, since I'm a romantice suspense contemporary writers, I tend to throw all the plot for the suspense thenleave out, Oh by the way, it's a romance novel, and oh yeah, the characters are dealing with 'this' and'that' and Goal, MOtivation, Conlfict...in a couple paragraphs, that's tough!

Rebecca Savage said...

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Rebecca Savage said...

Please, let me know if agree with anything Imention or if you advice for myself or fellow writers;
I'm always willing to listen...applying advice is another thing)

Rebecca Savage said...

I think the hardest part of characterization is the actions the characters perfo;
YOu can't have a CI agetn acting lie a wimp;
You can't have characters doing things out of character, just for the heck of it;
So sometimes you might have to reearchor talk to actually people i the position or predicament of characters, in order to decide what they might do or think;
That's where being a member of RWa comes in handy, because at local meetings and at nationals, the seminars they hold are invaluable;

Rebecca Savage said...

I've always been a pantsers, where I just start writing a story with a basis then build on it, not knowing the trip they'd take or the ending, except the happily ever after part of course;
but now I'm writing a dragon fantasy and the world building will be bad if I don't plot; so, hmmm...

Rebecca Savage said...

That hardest part of dialog is making it engaging and not just turning internal thoughts into dialog, and not saying too much, so there's still suspense, and making it sound like the characters;
in other words, the man has to talk like a man, and so on;

Rebecca Savage said...

Goal Motivation Conflict:
I have a difficlut time knowing the difference between goal and motivation;
if a woman wants to marry and ahve achid, then marrying the wealthy boss because he seems like her last resort and he's offering and her lcok is ticking...seems like thatis the motivation;:) LOL

Rebecca Savage said...

Passive voice....getting rid of the word 'was' is the easiest way to end passive voice; use an action verb instead;

Rebecca Savage said...

Voice; put your personality into your writing;
Of course, maybe that depends on your personality; you might have to tone it up or down a bit:) LOL

Rebecca Savage said...

Listen to your critique partners but also you should have more thanone;
the more sets of eyes you have, the better;
but it has helped me to have partners; because as I tell them things, it helps to show me what I do wrogn , too:)