The Writer's Guide to Deep POV - #writetip - Character Emotion - Learn 3 Simple Ways to Dig Deeper!

March 21, 2016

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As requested from so many writers, I have written this companion book to my bestselling, “The Writer’s Guide to Character Emotion.” This manual covers a whole new set of topics and provides step-by-step methods to deep editing techniques that will create gripping page-turners. 

Writers will learn how to create realistic dialogue, vivid settings and character descriptions, along with a strong, unique voice. Additionally, this handbook expands on how to master describing emotions, body language, and strengthen characterization with simple ways that writers can easily and quickly apply to their own writing. 

Here is an excerpt from the new guidebook...

Quote: “Place matters to me. Invented places matter more.” —bestselling author, Alice Hoffman
 
Deeper POV removes bland storytelling by including sensory details and cranks it up a notch. It pulls readers deeply into the heads and hearts of our characters by allowing the story to be seen, experienced, and felt through the close-and-personal POV of the character. 

If done correctly, Deep POV rids a story of unneeded phrases like he thought, he knew, he heard, he smelled, he felt (when it applies to emotions), he wondered, he saw that cause author intrusion. (Reminder: it is always okay to use shallow “telling” words in dialogue.)

Another huge advantage of applying the Deep POV method to your writing is offering the reader direct access to the character’s moods, emotions, and perceptions.  A character needs the ability to describe what she/he experiences as it occurs. 

The most obvious way of telling and the number one red flag is to state the emotion or reaction. A better way is to show them through facial expressions, internal-monologues, and body language. 

Please carefully compare these examples…

SHALLOW: The smell was awful and made me feel sick.

DEEP POV: I covered my nose and tried not to gag at the offensive stench.


Remember that “stating the emotion or reaction” for a reader is telling. The correct way is to show by describing what is unfolding in every scene by the use of action, “voice,” dialogue, facial expressions, and the five senses, etc.

Writers can tell a reader that when Harry steps into the kitchen, he notices a stinky smell, but it is much more creative to show. Sometimes showing is more descriptive and wordy than just stating the facts, but where’s the fun in that, right?

Please examine these examples (I have underlined what I consider to be shallower writing.)…

SHALLOW:
When Harry went into the kitchen, he noticed there was a stinky smell coming from the sink. He realized that it was apparent that no one had washed the dishes in a very long time.

Sure, the shallow example gets to the point and states the facts, but let’s be honest, it’s bland and flat. Now compare this one written in Deeper POV.

DEEP POV:
The second Harry stepped through the kitchen doorway, a raucous odor wafted from the sink and made his nose wrinkle. “Gross! When was the last time anyone cleaned the dishes?”

The second example was more impactful, right?

Showing (Deep POV) makes your readers become even more emotionally invested in your wonderful story. One way to do that is for writers to use specific words to describe how things smell, how certain foods taste, how objects feel, how the setting sounds, and looks through your character’s eyes. 

Generally, telling doesn’t produce a strong enough picture in the reader’s mind, and it often causes author intrusion, which reminds readers that they are reading a story—and that’s not something a writer ever wants.

Please study this example, where the sentence is telling…


SHALLOW: Caleb felt hot in his wool coat. 


That sentence isn’t an image the reader can easily imagine.  It’s an ambiguous fact. 


DEEP POV
: Caleb swiped a bead of sweat from his forehead and shrugged off his heavy winter coat. 


Now ask yourself: which description was more visual?

The revised Deep POV sentence puts a very powerful illustration in the reader’s mind.   
 
Now, I’m not suggesting that a writer show or describe everything in great detail because that would be overwriting and create pacing issues. The key is to understand the difference so writers can intelligently decide when to use Deep POV and when to just tell. Finding a balance is necessary.
 
For more amazing tips and tools to enhance your manuscript, please read this expanded edition...

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The Fastest Way to Improve Dialogue, Settings, and Characterization

No matter what genre you write, this second manual on the Deep Point of View technique should be kept as a vital reference in every writer’s toolbox. This in-depth guide offers specific, practical tools for creative fiction writers on how to craft realistic settings, visceral responses, and lifelike characters. 

Crammed with even more examples and ways to eliminate shallow writing, this book provides the necessary techniques to master describing facial expressions, body language, and character emotions. This resource of endless inspiration will reveal how to dig deeper to “show don’t tell,” which is essential to crafting compelling dialogue, vivid scenes, and deepening characterization.

Learn to write:

  • Realistic settings through sensory details
  • Three-dimensional characters
  • Memorable “Voice”
  • Authentic facial expressions
  • Engaging dialogue
Bestselling author, S. A. Soule shares her expertise with writers by providing surefire, simple methods of getting readers so emotionally invested in their stories that booklovers will be flipping the pages to find out what happens next.

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