Struggling Through Point of View
This week I spent some time reading, Point of View by Sandra Gerth. The copy-editor who worked on my first novel recommended it to me. The book does an excellent job of providing rules and examples for dealing with point of view in your writing. The book is great and for $2 you can’t go wrong.
I read a few more pages in my Louis L’Amour novel. The main character just met the complicated and elusive love interest. She's engaged to the man trying to kill the protagonist. From now on, I’ll be reading with an extra sharp eye for how Louis L'Amour handles point of view in his books.
This week writing took up the majority of my free time. I did a lot more editing than writing this week. I think I finally uploaded the final version of the book interior to createspace. But I probably said that last week, so we’ll see. I fixed a solid fifteen or twenty point of view issues in the manuscript. Mostly small issues where I added in a sentence from another character's point of view. I like the changes and I think they'll make the book much more enjoyable for readers.
By the grace of a higher power I made it through the majority of my first novel without making too many point of view errors. While fixing the errors in my first book, I realized that I am going down a very bad path with my new book. The Sandra Gerth book on Point of View came to me at a good time. Stay in the game and do the work, the knowledge will come when it's needed.
Two words. Christmas Cards. This year we decided to venture into adulthood and send out Christmas cards to friends and family. Instead of a traditional holiday card with a picture, we chose to write a letter describing our year and included a few photos. We borrowed the ideas from one of our friends did something similar last year. We thought it was a great alternative to social media for letting the people we care about know what’s going on in our life.
The Catranch is rolling strong. Rich and Pam were pumped about their tuna fish dessert.