Tag Archives: POV

Learning the Lingo

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

If you’re a swimmer, you know you swim fly, back, breast and free in that order in the IM. If you know nothing about swimming, you are likely feeling like a foreigner in a country where everyone but you speaks the same language. It’s an uncomfortable, frustrating position to be in. Yet, every hobby and sport has its own lingo, just as every profession, including writing, does. I was reminded of this fact last week while talking with some writer friends. I used the acronym WIP during our conversation and one of the women interrupted me to ask what it meant. “Work in progress,” another answered. Since then, I’ve been thinking about how much there is to learn when it comes to writing terminology. Continue reading

Organizing the Headache: Tips for Writing a Multi-POV Novel

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

When I first began my novel, I wrote scenes and jotted down notes as they came to me, no rhyme or reason as I’ve noted before. And while this freestyle writing habit birthed some very creative ideas, I often found contradictions in plot lines and would have to spend time fixing and readjusting the whole story. This stole time from plowing ahead on my first draft.

After Stacey raved about John Truby’s book, The Anatomy of Story, I took a step back and did what “normal” writers probably do: I organized and planned. Continue reading

Stories Worth Telling

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

Whenever I prepare to talk to kids, regardless of the subject, I think about what they’ll find interesting. I consider what will grab their attention and hold it beyond five minutes – much like a writer must captivate readers from the very first page of a novel and keep them turning the pages. So when I spoke to three 5th grade classes about my career as a journalist and writer a few months ago, I didn’t start talking to them about why I became a writer or what I love about my job. I began by asking how many of them had ever been to Disney World. Continue reading

Multi-POV, With a Side of Headache? Yes, Please.

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Ah, here I am again staring into the eyes of Multiperspectivity. I have become a pretty big fan of that term: Multiperspectivity, aka. Polyperspectivity, aka. Multi-POV. It’s a fun word, a big word, a word that is difficult to pronounce. Try saying that three times!

After  reading several fantastic novels that used a Multi-POV narrative, I initially felt inspired and ready to conquer the beast that is a Multi-POV Continue reading

Novel Structure and Multi-POVs

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Awhile back I started to create reading lists for myself as a fun way to start each season. Often I strive to select books across genres, some for the sake of being a children’s and YA (aspiring) author, others to keep up the ruse of being a good post-grad “intellectual” and other for the sheer pleasure of just reading something I want to read. It’s good to be well-rounded in your reading habits, and I stand by the belief that in order to become good writers, it is necessary to read—comic books included. Continue reading