The Complete Guide to Point Of View
Point of view is probably the largest single area of novel writing that aspiring writers have problems with. More specifically, they can't decide whether to write in the first person or the third person…
Both viewpoints seem so tempting in their different ways... and choosing one over the other can feel like closing the door on a whole world of exciting possibilities.
Just about everything in literature boils down to the writer having to make choices. And you could argue that the whole "1st person vs. 3rd person" debate isn't going to make one heck of a lot of difference at the end of the day...
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What makes a character relatable?
One thing that can really affect how much you like a character is how relatable you find them, but what does that actually mean, and what exactly is it that makes a character relatable?
Personally, I think being relatable is all about how convincing a character is as a person. All people experience emotions like happiness, sadness, love, hate, fear, anger, loneliness, so when we read about a character going through those emotions and it is convincing, then I think we recognise it and therefore relate. For example, a character in a fantasy novel with crazy magical abilities we could never even dream of possessing can still be relatable because we can read about them feeling scared or alone, and think ‘I have felt that too.’
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How Being Published by the Big Six F*cked Me Up.
All my life, I’ve had one dream.
It was my dream when I was a ten-year-old sitting in my elementary-school auditorium listening to Tomie dePaola talk about writing his stories on yellow legal pads with a Sharpie.
It was my dream when I was fifteen and writing my own stories on yellow legal pads with a Sharpie, hiding in them from a crazy world where my dad was in prison and I had to work full time to help feed my brothers.
It was my dream when I was twenty-four and my marriage imploded, so I dragged my babies to the armpit of America so I could be a newspaper reporter.
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9 Things That Cost Your Book 5 Stars – Guest Blog Post By An Amazon Top Reviewer
There are lots of reasons why I love a book and I usually see something great in all books even if they’re not my favourite genres, but there are definite reasons why I don’t like a book and if these crop up, it feels as if the book still needs editing – and it’s hard for me to give it 5 stars.
1 – Spelling errors, grammar errors, typos, etc.
I know these are perhaps the least important for some people to check and I don’t mind the very odd typo (I’m guilty of them myself) but if every page of a book has typos and all sorts of errors like that it just starts to annoy me and makes the book less fun to read. It actually appears lazy on the authors part. Although I try to avoid mentioning it, other reviewers are more than happy to point out publicly every error that exists so proofread to death!
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7 Clever Steps To Hook Your Reader Into Your Narrative
First impressions are crucial to any reader's decision. First impressions decide whether or not your readers want to be pulled into the world of your narrative. This makes the exposition of any novel or short story particularly important.
If your narrative borders on bland, clichéd and uninteresting, readers will soon lose interest. Indeed, it's upon reading the initial page or two of your narrative that they'll determine whether they want to close the book or carry on reading.
Therefore, it's essential for you to develop a strong 'hook' — one that grips onto the reader so tightly, they simply can't let go of your narrative upon reading the first paragraph, and second, and third.
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