A Prepublished Novel in the Process of Revisions and Rewrites

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Updates and some thoughts on POV...

Bestial Cravings has dropped to #2 on the main Best Sellers List at TWRP as of yesterday, but hey! that's still good:)

The weather here is getting hot and humid. Dark Goddess that I am, I prefer the dreary, thundery, rainy weather *grin* And, of course, the Florida winter. This time of year we tend to stay in the old AC like the Northerners stay in during their cold months.

I've been pondering, plotting, and jotting ideas and events down for Book Two of the Roma Wolf Tales series. And for those who've read Curse of the Marhime , you know the book is in third person with only one POV character. The next book will be in multiple POV not really sure how many POVs but no more than four or five. I am really only considering three main this time around but we'll see how it goes:) I began the series this way because Pita was the main character as well, the catalyst for the story, and I wanted to challenge myself to keep at it. It was a test of wills to keep Niko's POV out of it, so for me as a writer, it was both a test and an exercise.

I am not a fan of many POVs in my writing. Nor do I like to read books with more than a handful of POV characters. I feel it confuses and convolutes the main characters who, in my humble opinion, are the most important. Also, as a reader it annoys me when I have to keep track of too many characters. So I guess we can say I write within the parameters I like to read.

In my experience, the editors I've worked with have been of the same mindset. Some are stricter than others but most prefer limited POV characters and headhopping within the story. Headhopping, as most know, is when the POV jumps back and forth between characters sentence to sentence or paragraph to paragraph. This is a strick no-no in my experience but there are bestselling authors that get away with it. They've earned the privilege, but us newbies need to stick to the basic rules, LOL.

I stick to one or two POVs per scene. If I do go into two POVs, I will transition as smoothly as possible from one to the other and split the scene between the two characters.

For a fast-paced scene, such as in a highly charged action scenes that are all happening at the same time with different characters, I've seen a spiraling POV used which does jump multiple POVs to anty up the fast pace. I've used it and read it in many action suspense-type books, and it really is an interesting concept. But again, I want to mention it still does not jump POV sentence to sentence or even paragraph to paragraph.

Whoa! Sorry...

I think I've gone a bit overboard and turned this into a discussion so I will move on with some more updates and then slink off to get some work done now.

Other things in the works are a newsletter I am working on putting together with all sorts of shares and information. As you may have noticed, I've set up a new Yahoo group as a venue to sign up for the newletter and share lots of other information such as new releases, events, guests announcements, recipes, craft articles, pictures, etc. Please take a moment to sign up. The loop is informational only. No need to worry about posting and keeping up with yet another loop:)

Look to the sidebar as well for upcoming guest bloggers. Next up is Donna Sundblad, author of Pumping Your Muse, a nonfiction, craft writing book used in current writing classes.

As always, thanks for dropping by.



  1. I am a POV purist and hate HATE headhopping. I don't mind having two POVs in the story -- but only if they occur in different scenes or chapters.

    Simply put, if you head hop (unless you are La Nora) I won't read beyond the first jump.

    I've had people tell me that it shouldn't matter and that "X" editor didn't mind -- but I know there are enough ppl like me who are driven batty by POV jumps that I strive to never do it. The folks who don't mind head-hopping also don't mind POV purity, but the reverse is not true. And, why would I want to alienate even one reader?

    ::steps off POV soap box:::

  2. I never was bothered by POV changes. Unless it is not clear who is speaking. Nora Roberts doesn't bother me with her head hopping. So maybe it's because I lack experience, I don't know, but when I first learned about POV,I thought, Huh? Now I get it, but, it doesn't bother me when someone does it. That's just me as a reader.

  3. Head hopping is my biggest pet peeve! Every once in a while, I will shift POV in a scene, but I'll always use a scene break. Normally I stick to one POV per scene though.

  4. Hello, ladies!

    Great comments. I do try to stick with one per scene as well, Helen, but sometimes you need to delve into two and yes, I do the same. Make sure I have a good transition to change POV.

    Marianne, I hate headhopping with a passion. LOL Do you want me to tell you how I really feel:)

    Mary, authors like Nora Roberts can get away with just about anything, LOL I believe it's James Patterson sometimes combines first and third person in his books and is that weird, but it works for him. I forget which book I read. At first it threw me for a loop but once I got used to it, it did work. BTW it was chapter to chapter changes.

    Thanks for chiming in, ladies.


  5. I guess you answered my question, Dayana. About Pita being the only POV in Curse. LOL

    I, like many writers, did a lot of head hopping in my first efforts. I'm much better at it now. At least that's what my editors tell me. I try to set each scene in whoevers POV is going to get my message accross better.

  6. I tend to get lost and knocked out of the story when the author head hops. Good advice, Dayana.

  7. D~
    Hi. Can I hop (how apropos?) into this conversation a few days late?
    I am a repeat offender at head hopping. I find it way to hard to shut out all the voices in my head.
    Anyway, I've read many books with only 1 POV and I've lost interest. I like knowing what the other people are thinking and feeling because otherwise it feels like you're talking to a rock. Just my POV.

  8. I agree with you on POV. I don't like to see it. Sentence to sentence hopping is to me the sign of a writer who hasn't practiced, studied or written enough yet. A well practiced writer can get the point across in a scene with one POV. (Though I do like using the hero and heroine's POV in different chapters, or at least big scene changes.) Yeah, I know, Nora can do it, but I don't like to read anyone's story with head hopping. Many pubs won't accept that now, esp. from pre-pubbed writers. But well done scene to scene change of POV may be acceptable.
    Good post!