Tips 'N Treats: Week 5

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My Tip

This week, I’ve got a quick tip for making your third-person close POV even closer.

First, let’s define third-person close. You’ve probably heard that it’s third-person that focuses on one character exclusively, but what does that really mean? Think of it this way. Third-person close is like there’s a camera behind your character’s eyes. It’s recording the story as your character sees it and has access to your character’s thoughts. It’s literally as close as you can get to your character without being them (first-person).

Like first-person, though, you are seeing the world through your character’s eyes, which means that your character can’t see himself/herself unless they are looking in a mirror. So, they can’t see the result of an eyeroll or the blush that’s spreading across their cheeks.

So how do you describe these things? Well, a character can still certainly roll their eyes, but you would only describe the actual eye-roll action.

Close POV: “Jenny rolled her eyes.”

Not Close POV: “Jenny rolled her eyes up into her skull so the whites showed.”

In the second example, Jenny wouldn’t see this happen, so the camera behind her eyes wouldn’t pick it up to show the reader.

Now, blushing.

Close POV: “Heat blossomed across Jenny’s cheeks.”

Not close POV: “Red spread across Jenny’s cheeks.”

Again, the camera wouldn’t see the red color, but Jenny would feel the result of the blush—the heat in her cheeks.

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This week’s posts:

-DREAM CHASERS by Christy J. Breedlove
-PARAGON by Shauna Alderson
-CALEDON by Virginia Crow

Guest Tip

This week, I’m pleased to have Savannah Gilbo on Tips ‘N Treats. Savannah’s here to share her Fiction Writing Made Easy podcast, and since she does such a lovely job of introducing both herself and the podcast, I’ll leave it to her.

Savannah Gilbo is a certified developmental editor and book coach who helps fiction authors write, edit, and publish their books. As a fantasy writer herself, Savannah knows what it's like to feel overwhelmed and confused about what to focus on or what to do next. But as an editor and book coach, she knows that it doesn't have to feel this way. Through her blog, podcast, and online courses, Savannah breaks the complex writing process down into smaller, more manageable pieces to help combat these feelings of overwhelm and confusion. Her mission is to help as many writers as possible so that the world can benefit from the power of stories.

The Fiction Writing Made Easy podcast is a weekly podcast for writers. Each week, there's a brand new episode with simple, actionable, and step-by-step strategies to help writers of all skill levels write, edit, and publish their books. Each episode is around 15-20 minutes long with no fluff and no filler -- just real-life tips and advice from a developmental editor and book coach. So, whether you're brand-new to writing, or more of a seasoned author looking to improve your craft, this podcast is for you!

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-Savannah’s website
-Apple Podcasts

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