Tip #6 for writing deep POV is as follows: When describing setting, use words that mirror your character’s feelings. Here is an example from my own writing:
“In the distance, thunder rumbled. Her heart rumbled with it.”
Have you noticed that we often feel like the weather? If the day is drab, we feel drab. If the day is sunny, we feel more positive.
Also, have you noticed that your surroundings affect how you feel? Do you feel better in a cluttered room or a neat one? Do you feel better on a littered city street or a clean one? I’m sure it depends on the person, but most of us like beautiful surroundings.
When you mirror your character’s feelings in the setting, you are tapping into a human psychological law that causes us to take on the “feel” of the setting around us. So keep this tip in mind as you work on deepening your own characters.
Next week, we’ll look into Tip #7 for writing deep POV: Begin your scene with your POV character. We’ll see you then, Lord willing.