Using Points of View (POV) in Your Writing

POINTS OF VIEW

When I first began writing, I wasn’t aware that stories were written in points of view. So, what is a point of view? Simply put, it’s a way that writers allow readers to see and hear what’s going on. Point of view in books will contain detail, opinion, or emotion the author wants to accentuate; therefore, a point of view catches the attention of the reader.

The Three Major Kinds of POV

First-person point of view involves the use of either of the two pronouns “I” and “we”. The advantage of this point of view is that you get to hear the thoughts of the narrator, and see the world depicted in the story through his or her eyes. A good novel selection would be Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. The main female character Bella Swan is the narrator; we see things from her point of view.

  • (Example) “I loved Phoenix. I loved the sun and the blistering heat. I loved the vigorous, sprawling city.”

Second-person point of view, the narrator tells the story to another character using “you” and “your”. This is the least used POV. You will see this used more in literature such as a cook book. Although a perfect selection of a novel used this way would be Jay McInerney’s, Bright Lights, Big City.

  • (Example) “You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning. But here you are, and you cannot say that the terrain is entirely unfamiliar, although the details are fuzzy.”

Third-person point of view is the most popular of the three and uses pronouns like “he”, “she”, “it”, “they” or a name. The narrator isn’t present as a character. The writer may choose third-person omniscient in which the thoughts of every character are open to the reader, or third-person limited, in which the reader enters only one character’s mind, either throughout the entire work or in a specific section. A good third person POV book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Examples:

  • When Jane and Elizabeth were alone, the former, who had been cautious in her praise of Mr. Bingley before, expressed to her sister how very much she admired him.
  • “He is just what a young man ought to be,” said she, “sensible, good humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners!”

My preference is third person point of view because it’s what I feel the most comfortable with, and it allows me complete freedom in telling my story. I would like to hear from you. Tell me, what point of view you use in your writing?

 

R. Lynn

 

Prioritize Your Time

time

I have been working hard to get Trial of Marriage 2 completed, and it got me to thinking about when I decided to take the gigantic step into the world of self-publishing. The things I know now, I wish I knew then because the journey would have been a lot smoother and less stressing then it was back then. Do I have any regrets? No, I do not, but I would have done things differently. Nonetheless, over the past year, I have learned so much, which is why I try to share as much as I can about some of the things I encountered.

Early on when I started blogging one of my articles touched base on where does all the time go? With work, projects and writing on my agenda, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything completed. Throw in family and unexpected things that come up, yes it can get quite challenging, but I figure as long as I am being productive in my daily routine and accomplishing something, it’s good enough for me.

I do try to follow “working tips” as best as I can, but as stated in the article, Work Tips:  How Do You Prioritize Your Day? “Much of what consumes our days tend to be tasks that are urgent – a last minute emergency – for OTHERS.“ Can you share what you do to stay on track during the day?

I hope you have a great weekend folks!

R. Lynn Archie

Website:  www.rlynnarchie.com

Free Sites To Promote Your eBook

e-Books Tablet Readers New Technology Growing in Popularity

I’ve taken a bit longer to get this blog posted; so I apologize for the wait. Let me start of by saying that marketing eBooks, or probably any book is a never-ending job, and I’m still trying to get the hang of it. I have to admit that when I first self published, I thought that my romance eBooks were miraculously going to take off selling in vast quantities—NOT! All I can tell you are my thoughts were extremely delusional, LOL.

I realize that I must promote my work, and since I’m no Stephanie Meyer (Twilight’s author), I’m using cost effective marketing techniques. I haven’t got a clue what’s going to or not going to work; therefore I’m in a trial and error period. The plus side of it is that I’m gaining experience as I learn, and that is always good. I’m usually on the prowl for helpful information, and when I first started my search for places where I could spread about my eBooks, I stumbled upon these websites that you can join for free. Take a look below.

Goodreads

This is a popular book lover’s website of readers and authors that get millions of visitors a month. You can promote your eBook on the site according to the right targeted age group and genre, interact with other authors, join book clubs, etc. I like this site a lot.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with 200 million members in 200 countries and territories around the globe. What I’ve found useful are the groups that you can join according to your profession. I like using it to post my blogs or announcements about my eBooks. There also are a lot of really good articles from other members that I find useful.

BookDaily – www.bookdaily.com

I haven’t tried this one yet, but I intend to soon. Authors can set up an account for free in which you will be able to post the first chapter of your book, upload a bio, photo, video and even a link back to your website, which I think is a fantastic bonus.

Social Media’s

I use Facebook (in which I created a fan page) and Twitter (to tweet about my blogs, promotions, etc). I’m aware that there are more out there, but I only use these two because I don’t want to get overwhelmed trying to do more.

I know it’s going to take time to build up a fan base, get friends, etc. In the meantime, I’m taking it one day at a time, and learning all that I can come by on the essentials of what it takes to be an established self published author.

Talk to you soon folks,

R. Lynn

Website:  http://rlynnarchie.com                      Contact:  info@rlynnarchie.com

EBook – Trial of Marriage

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog. I’m a self-published romance author, and have just released my first ebook novel, Trial of Marriage, an interracial romance of a married couple that withstands the test of love.

Throughout my childhood,  I read regularly, but I think it was in middle school that I gained an appreciation of writing. A good portion of my personal library was of teenage novels, and my passion for books only excelled from there as I got older. So much descriptive inspiration filled my thoughts; much that came from dreams, which I effortlessly had no trouble putting into words. However, working a full time job, and taking care of my family,  time only allowed for it to be a hobby. But fast forward years later, I’m proud to say it’s at last a reality. I would say that publishing my first book is the third proudest moment in my life (the first would be getting married, and the second would be giving birth.)

And I cannot forget to mention I have beta readers because as I’m writing I like to be sure that I’m on the right track. When I can get feedback from readers that my story was hard to pull away from that for me is a happy moment. All of my stories are fiction, and there’s always going to be some good and bad with my characters; nevertheless, the romance will allow readers a temporary escape from reality, at least for a little bit.

There are more romance ebooks coming out soon, and I hope you can stick around and follow me on this journey. To give you a little bit of my recently released novel, please feel free to check out a sample chapter of Trial of Marriage.

I welcome comments and feedback so drop me a message. If you would like to stay updated on new releases, free giveaways, etc, join my mailing list. Thanks for visiting and happy reading.