Sunday, November 1, 2009

Who's Thinking?

Started chapter 29 in earnest; 52,169 word count

Writing Tip: When writing a novel in several POVs (points of view) it is important to tell the reader whose head you are in from the very first lines of the new chapter.

"Oh, I'm sorry, Bec." Lady Peg patted his feathered back. "Did that hurt?"
"A twinge," said Sir Beccaroon, squinting his eyes and refusing to utter unkind words to Tipper's mother.

This scene is in Sir Bec's POV because we are told his thoughts. He's thought something unkind and chooses not to utter them. Lady Peg had the first action, but it was something felt by the grand parrot. We don't know what she is thinking other than what we can surmise from her words and actions.


  1. You have to keep writing so I can enjoy it vicariously, since I don't have time to write right now. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Ferns' visit, though, and will be sorry to see them go tomorrow.

  2. Sorry I missed the chat tonight. Lots of post-Fern chores to catch up on, and I totally forgot!

  3. What about when you have shifting 1st-person pov? That's what I'm using for my NaNoWriMo story.

  4. Galadriel, do you meant that your story is woven together with more than one 1st person POVs?
    It is doubly important to establish which character is POV carrier in each scene in that case.
    Also your POV characters should each have distinctive voices. If one is a worrier, that should be demonstrated in his narrative. If one is laid back to the extreme, then the text in his section should reflect that..