Writing Skills Book Review: Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Point of view is perhaps the most difficult skill to develop. SOme writers have more trouble with it than others, but whether trying for deep POV or not-so-deep, it tends to vex every writer to some degree. So if you find it a challenge, you’re in good company!
I came across this book and decided to read it so I could see if it’s a worthy resource for you.
Deep point of view is so fully in a characters mind that the reader doesn’t just read your book; she lives the story. Go deep enough and your rreader will feel the joys and sorrows so completely that those people on the pages come to life.
Yet there are so many ways, subtle and not so subtle, that an author can ruin the mood and come out of the character’s perceptions so much it annoys the reader.
How is this book organized? Have a look at the table of contents.
Reading those chapter titles, you may be thinking, “OK, got it. I don’t need this book. Show don’t tell and avoid tags and thoughts.”
Wrong you are! Deep point of view isn’t simply about avoiding “she thought” and “he said.” It’s about knowing your characters so well your reader experiences the entire story through their worldview.
This book is well organized with good and bad examples so you can see and feel the difference. I would recommend it even for seasoned writers, as you may discover you fall into a shallow trap now and again.
I like that there are sub-sections of each chapter with bold headlines, so it’s easy to see each part. Also, each chapter ends with a worksheet so you can answer questions about your stories and/or technical questions to demonstrate understanding of the writing skills under consideration.
This book will help you avoid head hopping or being too much on the surface. It’s short and to the point, and also affordable at $$3.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
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Ronda Del Boccio
best selling author, speaker and mentor