13 thoughts on “Guest post: ‘Point of view’ by Yvonne Hertzberger

  1. Paul D. Dail says:

    Yvonne, some great points.

    “if we choose to buck the current fashions, that decision must be a fully informed one, based on solid understanding of why we do so and how it will affect our enterprise.”- Very true. Or as I like to say to my students, “You gotta know the rules before you can break ’em.”

    I think there’s always room for innovation so long as you don’t confuse or alienate your readers. Most readers like to get in the skin of a character, get to know them and get comfortable (even if that character makes them uncomfortable) and it’s often jarring when they read something that has a POV shift multiple times in just a handful of paragraphs. But again, there are ways to pull it off… once you know how NOT to do it.

    Or you could always be like Steinbeck in “Of MIce and Men” and not get in a single character’s head until the very end, when we get a glimpse of Lennie’s mind. Whoa. As for me (and it sounds like you, too), I like to give a little insight. Anyway, great post.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

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  2. morgenbailey says:

    Thank you Paul, that’s great. 🙂 I’ve let Yvonne know that you dropped by (added to the email to tell her it was live – you were so quick!). Let me know if you’d like to take part in anything…

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  3. successbmine says:

    An excellent article full of great info. “Don’t listen to critics. You have to write your own truth in your own voice–and who is more qualified to judge that than you? There’s only one rule in writing fiction: whatever works, works.” Tom Robbins” I like that. If it works, it’s right. As Yvonne said, writing is an art form. It is an expression of the author just as much as is a painting, and is an individual and unique voice for each of us.

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  4. Aloke Mukherjee says:

    Paul D. Dail is more or less correct in saying”You gotta know the rules before you can break them.” But ultimate judgement with reader for creative writing and of course, time which in turn means the future generations of readers. The effective communication with readers is everything.The characters matter but not so much as how they are woven in the texture.

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