Friday, Jul 22, 2011

How to Write Deep POV – Tip #6

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.

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2 thoughts on “How to Write Deep POV – Tip #6

  1. hi Maryann – sorry to have been so quiet lately. I was up to my eyeballs with summer theatre. 🙂

    Deep POV is also a matter of voice. For example, I would have written your line like this: Her heart rumbled like the thunder in the distance.

    I said the same thing, but my voice is different than yours. Either way is fine. The point is that we are feeling exactly what the character is feeling.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    • Excellent point, Pam! And an important one to keep in mind as we write. It never ceases to amaze me how the uniqueness of each writer is reflected in his writing voice. We are truly awesomely and wonderfuly made (Psalm 39).

      Thanks very much for your post. It’s great to have you back! 🙂



      July 23, 2011 at 8:15 AM