Who’s View is it Anyway?

This blog has been a bit silent of late – that’s because I am flying towards the end of the first draft of The Dare Club and have been responding to the best tip for a writer on how to complete a novel I know – that of ass on Chair. Or arse, if you’re from the UK. Apologies for the language!

But as the end of the first draft comes into view, I’m starting to anticipate some of the feedback I’ll get from the lucky people who will be privileged to read this first effort. The Dare Club is written – as is The Goddess Workshop – from 4 different points of views. In both novels I have started out using one point of view per chapter to give the reader the opportunity to really get to know that character. Then, as the story progresses, I have sometimes switched mid character to another point of view, making this shift as smooth as possible by the use of gaps and asterixes and use of names etc. For me, this is fine – I think it adds to excitement and interest, but I have found that not everyone agrees with me. Some people would prefer me to stick with the one viewpoint per chapter method.

In both The Goddess Workshop and The Dare Club there are plenty of scenes where all the viewpoint characters are present together. Then I have to choose which of the character’s viewpoints the scene is going to be told from. I find this interesting and rewarding. Hopefully my readers agree with me!

Just lately there has been a very interesting discussion about viewpoint on ROMNA, the cyber forum of The Romantic Novelists’ Association. The majority of writers who took part thought multi viewpoints and switching viewpoint mid chapter where fine, which was very encouraging! And Janet Gover shared an excellent technique that she uses to keep track of all the different viewpoints. I always leave a first draft to brew for a while before I go back to it to make revisions – that way I find I can see it better and I’m not afraid to make changes or cuts. But when I’m ready to look at it again, I definitely intend to use Janet’s method to keep tabs on my viewpoints. Here’s a link to her blog so you can see what she suggests.

http://janetgover.com/?p=3471

What do you think about multi-viewpoints and how to manage them? I’d love to know!

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Fiction Trailer Film Festival – Entries welcome!

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Hi all

A few weeks ago I made a short, fun trailer for my novel The Goddess Workshop using www.animoto.com. It was easy to use and free! It was also a lot of fun to do. My son made one too about a trip to a farm park in the recent half-term holidays – that’s how easy it was.

Anyway, here’s the link to my trailer: The Goddess Workshop Trailer

I thought it would be fun if others shared their own short trailers on this blog so we can all see them. Like a mini film festival! Just paste a link in the comments section.

Or if you haven’t made one yet, why not have a go? There’s no prize – it’s just for fun. Oh, and maybe a little self-promotion. 😉

I look forward to seeing all your trailers!

www.margaretk.johnson.co.uk

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