Karalee’s Post #106
Sometimes I feel that writers are like jugglers. Or weavers. We need to understand so many aspects of the physical world, human behavior, animal behavior (if we write about animals), history, character back-story and on an on EVEN BEFORE we create our plot line and weave an intricate and entertaining story!
No wonder there are so many stumbling block on the journey to write a novel. With so many balls in the air to keep track of it is easy to let a few fall and roll away and not pay attention to them.
For me, learning the craft of writing was becoming aware of all these aspects and then throwing them up and trying them out like a juggler, then picking them up again and again to study them some more until they became familiar. Familiarity is a key.
Once I reached this point though, I realized it wasn’t quite enough.
Understanding is a deeper level still. It’s like I can be familiar with and memorize the timetables and still not know what multiplication really is. When I understand the concept, then the whole system makes more sense and can be used with ease rather than a struggle.
POV can be like this.
At first I thought that POV only was for character POV. First person, third person, etc. It took work and practice to become better at writing in a character POV consistently and with enough variability to not become boring or confusing.
As I kept writing and learning the craft, another POV became evident and that’s scene POV. I have been familiar with the concept and wrote about it in a blog a few months ago, Thoughts about POV. You may want to have a look as I won’t rewrite my thoughts here. Since writing this post I’ve come to understand it better, therefore I can use it to my advantage with more ease and expertise.
Understanding why I choose either a close up or farther away scene POV makes the juggling act of keeping yet another writing craft aspect in the air a bit easier. And the more aspects a writer understands, the easier the juggling becomes.
This I believe, is how writing emerges from beginner to intermediate to expert, and stories become fuller and richer.
And of course, the writer is happier with the results too. Keeping all the balls in the air is very satisfying!
Writing Progress: Not as much as I intended. I’m away for 3 weeks and will set a word count goal when I get back.
- getting ready for holidays with house preparation, dog grooming, larder stocking for my university going young adults, etc.
- Ongoing photo project.
Treats eaten: homemade ice cream – a taste of chocolate .
Movies/TV watched: Agent Carter series.
Books reading: downloaded a few for holidays.
Perspective Photos taken this week: