Amy on writing

Writing Deep POV

One of the suggestions I received for my manuscript revision was an interesting one. I had to look into it deeper.

What is deep POV?

Most of us know that POV means point of view. In writing fiction, you usually decide whether you will write in 1st, 2nd or 3rd person. 2nd person being super uncommon.

(In fact. The only example I can think of is the Netflix series You. Anyone??)

I am most comfortable writing in 3rd person. I love classic literature and it feels natural to write in this generally traditional format.

Unfortunately, it ain’t hip.

People have become accustomed to something more intimate, immediate. First person gives you that, but to be more omnipotent, 3rd person is where it’s at.

So what do you do? You go deep. Deep POV.

This is my mission. To change my 3rd person limited narrative into a deep POV story that sucks you into the mind of the protagonist, it’s no longer a story about the hero. You are the hero. The hero with the power to see through both your own eyes in real time, without losing those beautiful narrative moments that only the all knowing can provide.

Seems daunting doesn’t it?

It is, that’s why I’m sitting around drawing blanks and not writing anything. Even the blog is suffering. I haven’t given you guys bad advice in weeks!

Whatever will you do with out it?

Anyway, what are your thoughts on narration? What do you prefer to read in? Or write?

And do you have any tips for me? I’m in the shallows here, I need to jump. Help Me!

Cheers, Amy

4 thoughts on “Writing Deep POV”

  1. How did you get on with the above, Amy?
    Changing POV strikes me as an extraordinary process: changing ‘she said’ to ‘i said’ being only the very beginning of a rewrite of POV. In itself this will twist the story into a whole new shape, throwing up its own issues.
    Curiously,
    Nick.

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    1. You know I didn’t actually change it from she said to I said. Is more about removing the necessity.
      Example: shallow POV
      Lulu pressed her ear against the door, she didn’t hear anything. She wondered if it was too thick.
      Deep POV
      She pressed her ear against the cool steel, straining for the sounds of thrashing trees. There was no sound at all. Maybe the doors too thick?
      It’s still 3rd person limited but the Narrator voice is more seemless with the Mc. 1st person can be both shallow or deep too. Does that make sense?

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