What do you think about first point of view?

Which do you prefer second, third or multiple?Writers what is best POV?When I first began, writing in first person POV was frowned upon. Many bloggers insisted it was a hallmark of a novice. This was frustrating as hell because I love writing in 1st POV.

Now I understand that’s not what determines you, as a writer. Each writer is unique as is their story. A good story stands out no matter the POV.

There are pros and cons to everything, even the chosen POV. However, good stories are good and the only thing (IMHO) that waves the red flag of a novice is bad editing.

Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers for sharing…

10 Advantages of Writing a Single-POV Story (What I Learned Writing Wayfarer)  by 

Why I like first person POV…

  • Understanding who is narrating the story is simple. No flipping back and forth to refresh my memory on the who.
  • The narrator’s journey gives a closer connection to the POV and story.
  • Focus of the story, plot, and the theme are more direct.
  • Subplots and supporting characters are directly connected to the narrator.
  • Single POV calls for tighter writing. (I love writing flash.)

Bottom line there is no right or wrong POV. We all must be true to the story.

Tell me…

Which POV do you prefer? Why?

Have you tried your hand at the other POV’s?

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How to be more productive as a panster

Try applying ‘living in the moment’ to your writing.

Sounds easy, right? Well, not for me. But the more I thought about the idea, the more I began to realize that is how I write. I write as my characters interact in their moments. Mindfulness is not just for day-to-day living, but for writing too.

Stay with me. Don’t let your mind wander.

Did you ever try to cram more and more into your day? And at the end feel as though you’d accomplished nothing? Me too.

Woman Multitasking

After reading Writing By the Seat of Your Pants by Karen Bell-Brege, I began to understand how pansters are like improv artists.

Pansters let the characters improvise the flow of their story. We do not hold them to an outline.

What it means to write ‘live in the moment’?

  • Improv is storytelling. Weave the bold, weird and unusual into the story.
  • Focus. Focus on the immediate action in the story.  Don’t think about anything else but what is happening on your screen.
  • Say yes. I loved this tip. Stuck? Start the next sentence with yes…
  • Even the darkest story has humorous moments. Add a little laughter to the tears.
  • Remember objects, everyday objects and even imaginary objects,  add realism to the story. Look around the area your character is in at the moment. Show the reader what you see.
  • Show movement. Characters move, show your readers what they are doing.
  • Listen. Listen not just to what your characters are saying, but to the noises around them. Is there a radio, tv, diners, birds, etc.?

These are just a few of the tips I gleaned from Karen’s article. Head over to her post and tell me what you think.

Have you ever wanted to add humor to your story?

Do you stay in the moment with your characters?

Have you ever thought of writing as improv?

 

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Is this why writing is so hard?

To write we must have a clear head. Yikes!

David McCullough quote - Writing is thinking.

Improving Your Writing Will Improve Your Thinking

Okay…

Which comes first thinking or writing? Writing or thinking? What about ideas first, then writing/thinking???

Bitmoji Jean Cogdell headache

 

Ouch, think I just got an idea and my brain hurts.

 

 

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Love or hate, you don’t have to be stuck with Gutenberg

That’s the name of the WordPress new block editor, Gutenberg.

Here is what happened to me.

I was writing a new post and noticed at the top of the page was this…

Unfortunately, I clicked.

I think I’ve mentioned before how click-happy I get at the sight of a button. I’ve set off alarms and disabled gadgets just because I couldn’t resist a button. Just ask my daughters. LOL

But, back to this mess. I spent an entire day researching how to get back to the Classic Editor. Plugins are not an option because my blog is not self-hosted. Using the Gutenberg Block Editor made me feel as if I’d stepped back in time, not moved forward. WordPress really needs to rethink this option.

After wasting hours, I finally went to the Chat feature. Yay! Success. Within seconds,  customer service reverted my blog editor back to Classic. A friend did show me there are 3 dots on the top right corner that will give you a choice to switch back to Classic Editor. Guess I should’ve just called her. LOL 

So if any of Y’all end up with this horrible block editor, don’t sweat it. Just go to HELP and then CONTACT US to chat with someone. They were great.

Tell me…

Have you switched to the Gutenberg Block Editor yet? Love or hate?

More info…

Is Gutenberg the End or a New Beginning for WordPress?

 

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