ODDS AND ENDS FOR WRITERS

Here are some thoughts for writers that might be helpful.
Mistakes most often made by beginning writers:
Ineffective rhythm; too little dialog; obscure motivations;
changing the mood for no good reason; too many adjectives and
adverbs; too little use of the dictionary; not enough concrete
facts (verisimilitude); over-dramatization; meaningless or
ludicrous dialog; lack of character movement, body language and
facial expression; endless exposition; beginning in the wrong
place; no internalization; no sense of place.
Suggested Storyboard setup for a scene:
Time/place
Temperature/season
Props
Lighting/sounds/smells
Symbols/images (represents/associations)
Characters/relationships
Dialogue (subjects)/(subtext)
Action (lrg/sm)
POV
Climax
Exit line
KINDS OF POINT OF VIEW
First Person: The I of storytelling.
Second Person: This is the you who becomes a character, who
participates in the action while controlling the story. “You read
the article in the paper again, unable to believe what it says.
You wouldn’t have believed it if you hadn’t seen it for
yourself.”
Third Person: He or she of storytelling. The author doesn’t have
to tell you all he knows and he calls all the shots. He can even
tell what’s going on somewhere else. This allows for more than
one pov character, but beginners should not try it. This is often
confused with a singular pov, but there are actually three other
types of third person POV.
They are called the omnisciences.
Omniscient: The author can enter any character’s head, see
through any character’s eyes or muck around any character’s
heart. This is not really “as God,” because readers only need to
be told as much as they need to know. Normally, though, dipping
into all characters takes a lot of experience. A writer should
stay with two or three main characters to keep from muddying the
waters and confusing the reader as to who is most important. Even
this method is not for beginners.
Limited: Best for beginners or those with less experience. The
protagonist is the only pov character. Writer is objective toward
secondary characters, but delves deeply into pov character’s
heart and mind and soul. This is an easy pov and one that
beginners should try first.
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About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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4 Responses to ODDS AND ENDS FOR WRITERS

  1. Patty says:

    Who me? Overly dramatic? Never! I do need to end my love affair of adverbs. It's causing conflict with the six other parts of speech. The prepositions are feeling extremely neglected and overtly overlooked. Good post. Lots of good reminders. Thanks

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