Skillful use of close third or deep point of view can be an author’s best friend. Writing a story in deep POV combines the best of both first person and third person. It is the closest thing I can imagine to having your cake and eating it, too.
Earlier this week when we explored how to get inside your character’s head using deep POV, I promised to share a guide for mastering this skill. Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson is a how-to-guide that manages to get the job done in just 63 pages.
Don’t let the brevity of Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View fool you. It may seem that a topic as complicated as mastering deep POV couldn’t possibly be covered adequately in such a brief guide. But Nelson breaks the process down in a manner that is easily understood and quickly implemented. This meaty, bite-sized how-to-guide is chocked full of before and after examples of deep point of view and opportunities for readers to try their hand at the technique, followed by possible answers.
Nelson’s style is simple and engaging. Before I realized it I’d read the entire guide straight through. More importantly, I was able to immediately begin applying what I learned to my manuscript.
Read a recent article on Romance University by Nelson on mastering deep POV here. Then snag your copy of Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View here. It’s eye-opening, simple, and brilliant. And it manages to do all of that in just eight chapters.
What are your favorite resources on the use of point of view? Share them with us in the comments below.