Tag: Publishing

For Writers: Point of View

Point of view is perhaps the hardest thing to teach about writing fiction. Ultimately it’s your voice as an author.

I’ll be presenting this tomorrow night, 14 March, for the Chattanooga Writers Guild. If you’re nearby, stop by.

Many of us can’t even agree on the right terms to use.  In the following slides, I use first, third, and omniscient, but the lines are often blurry.

The analogy I’ve found useful, as you’ll see, is to think like a film director and where are you going to put the camera to record the scene? Who has it? When it there a “cut”?

p3110077-2_1024To the right is Cool Gus as a puppy on a rare sunny day in the Pacific Northwest with Hannah, our long-haired Germans Shepherd. Hannah raised Gus. Taught him everything he knows, except he seems to have forgotten a lot other than sleeping, eating, and chasing a ball until he collapses.

For Writers. Plot II: Outlining

The bane of many writers existence. First, the question is: Do I have to outline?

The answer. It depends. What kind of writer are you? Front-load or back-load? Pantser or Plotter? Do you even know?

More importantly than those questions is this: is your current Process working for you?  Process is a term I focus on more and more after a quarter century of writing. I’m constantly working on mine, trying different things.

Here part of my presentation on Outlining. I think most of it’s self-explanatory, but if you have an questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

img_0301_1024I hope you’re finding these posts useful! Cool Gus certainly does.

Maybe. Perhaps. Hard to tell sometimes as he’s rarely awake. It’s a tough life but someone has to do it!

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