When I got the subject for this blog post, I thought, huh? Do I have a pet peeve about writing? I’m still in a state of euphoria that my first book, VERMONT ESCAPE will be published this summer! What do I have to kick about?
I thought and pondered and realized I do have a bone to pick with contest judges and editors. It’s a personal bone and may not resonate with everyone, but here’s my chance, so here goes.
Some people have a bias against more than two POVs. I usually have four or five. I want the reader to experience the story from a variety of POVs: the heroine, the hero, the bad guy(s) (I write romance with suspense.), and sometimes a secondary character or two.
Let’s be honest here. When I began writing with the idea of being published, I knew nothing about craft. I used a form of omniscient writing, which for the most part is not used in genre fiction. I took classes, learned those lessons, and don’t head-hop anymore. I don’t object to that being one of “the rules.”
As a reader, I much prefer to learn about the story from the author telling it from multiple POVs. I admire writers who can tell a story in first person or one, third person. I’ve read stories that way and enjoyed them.
For one editor (obviously not MuseItUp publishing VERMONT ESCAPE) I actually, took my five POVs down to three. Major rewrites that I cried through. In retrospect, I don’t think it made the story stronger, just different. The editor didn’t take it, but in all honesty, the manuscript, at that point, wasn’t quite ready yet, but not because of the number of POVs.
Here’s my question. Why do editors/publishers care how many POVs an author uses, so long as she does it well? Do we think a reader will become confused?
When I was only a reader and not also a writer, I never noticed whose head the author used to tell the story. I’d taught English at one point in my life, so I knew what POV was. I just never noticed. I read for the story to find out what happened next, to see how the problem was resolved, and yes, to share in the emotion. But POV? Not so important.
Well, apparently, I’m more incensed about this issue than I realized. LOL You know what? It doesn’t spoil at all the euphoria I mentioned earlier about getting be a published author, and I will continue to write my books with multiple POVs.Am I the only one this bugs? Could be. But thanks for letting me sound off about the issue.
Marsha R. West, a former school board member and theatre arts teacher, is also a retired elementary school principal. She writes heroes and heroines who have experienced life, love, and loss. They discover they’re never too old to find romance, suspense, and second chances. Experience is required and welcome.
Marsha, who loves to travel, lives inTexas with her supportive lawyer husband. They’ve raised two daughters who’ve presented them with three delightful grandchildren. She admits to being at the beck and call of their two dogs, who run her home.
She’s served as the president of her local chapter of Romance Writers of America, attended two national conventions, numerous local conferences, and studies writing through on line courses. She’s currently editing her latest work in progress.
She’d love to hear from you. Check out her blog Thoughts on Thursday at www.marsharwest.com/category/blog
Her first published book is VERMONT ESCAPE coming July 2013 from MuseItUp Publishing.
Blurb: After the murders of Jill Barlow’s husband and then her father, she flees to Vermont, but the Texas gambling syndicate believes she’s hiding damning evidence against them. To get it, they’ll kill. Again.