Point of View…
I’ve been having a really fun discussion about point of view with a writer who took the new point of view online workshop in October. We have been talking about how there is no omniscient in fiction writing and how summary openings that feel omniscient have viewpoint, both author and character, often combined.
For me, putting the point of view online workshop together was really fun. I was able to get past the basics in the first week and really start working on other deeper skills with writers.
The point of the POV workshop was to not only give writers new tools, but make writers aware of the vast universe of flexibility in point of view. And how to control readers with your levels of point of view.
It seems to have worked wonderfully from the feedback I have gotten and also a couple wonderful discussions. But only one person is signed up in December for the POV workshop so far. I would have thought that workshop would be one of the regular major ones that might fill every month. But just like dialog, I suppose it seems too obvious to early level writers. But it isn’t.
The six week workshop only scratched the surface of the skill stage four writers use in controlling POV.
Control of both dialog and of point of view is how writers hold readers into their stories.
So for those of you who took the POV workshop the first time through (and who are taking it in November, just getting started), thanks for the great discussions and for allowing me to keep learning as well.