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Getting Inside the Romantic Hero’s Head—Part V

We’ve established that the female reader of romance wants to know what the male lead is thinking. It’s important to get inside the hero’s head to know his thoughts on especially the heroine. What is it about the heroine that is attractive to the hero? Is it her looks, her personality, or a combination? And, what will the hero hide from the female lead? Click to Tweet #InsideHerosHead #donnalhsmith #writingromance101

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Getting Inside the Romantic Hero’s Head––Part I

Contrary to popular belief, the male is the key to any romance. The female may be the “lead” character, but the male, and we’ve talked about the different types (alpha and beta) is the key to the romance. It’s also well-known that most readers of romance are women. Women identify with the heroine of the story. A woman who just wants to be loved like the hero loves the heroine. Click to Tweet #InsideHerosHead #almostanauthor #writingromance101

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Plunging the Depths of Deep POV –– Part VIII

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We’ll finish this today. Hopefully, this series, though not scouring for every little detail of Deep POV, will give you tools to improve your skill at making your POV characters come alive. Click to Tweet #amwriting #DeepPOV

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Plunging the Depths of Deep POV –– Part VII

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Let’s continue our tumbling into the fathoms of our subject. Writing in Deep POV helps us to “show” rather than “tell.” Click to Tweet #amwriting #DeepPOV

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Plunging the Depths of Deep POV –– Part VI

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We’re continue to delve into depths of our subject. Deep POV is all about creating an immediacy with the reader. Click to Tweet #amwriting #DeepPOV

Most of us learn visually or by example. This whole lesson will be filled with examples to learn how to create that propinquity in writing that will make our writing sparkle and shine.

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Plunging the Depths of Deep POV –– Part V

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Last time look at the interior life of the viewpoint character, their thoughts, attitudes, reactions, and emotions. Deep POV enhances the reader’s experience with your story. Click to Tweet #amwriting #DeepPOV

This time, we’ll begin a series of examples, before and after, to show you the differences, and how text comes alive.

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Plunging the Depths of Deep POV –– Part IV

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We’re discussing Deep POV, and how to get inside the character’s head to make the experience more impactful for the reader. Last time, we listed basic writing tips for deep POV. Only visceral reactions by the viewpoint character count for building deep POV. Click to Tweet #amwriting #DeepPOV

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Plunging the Depths of Deep POV –– Part III

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It’s all the rage with publishers and writers these days.

Why do publishers want you to write in Deep POV? The reader gets into the head of the viewpoint character in a rewarding and intimate way with Deep POV. Click to Tweet #amwriting #DeepPOV

It used to be that most POVs were acceptable, as long as they were consistent. That’s changed with the advent of Deep POV.

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Plunging the Depths of Deep POV –– Part II

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Deep POV, or Deep Penetration Point of View is the new standard in fiction writing. Why? It is the most intimate, closest writing style, where the reader experiences the story as if they were inside of the character. Click to Tweet #amwriting #DeepPOV

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POV III – How many? How close?

Self Editing for Fiction Writers
Self Editing for Fiction Writers

How many POVs (points of view) should you have in a story? How “close” should third person narrative be? We’ll be looking at that from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne and Dave King. It’s a great book and will help the beginning writer discover their writing weaknesses and how to correct them. At the end of each chapter is a checklist summary of the main points, plus some exercises to do to incorporate what you’re learning. A friend of mine I just met last September at a conference bought this book as a result of an agent’s recommendation, and she said it opened her eyes. “I’d been doing just everything they said – wrong.”

I just completed a romance mystery-type book that had five POVs – two major, and three minor. The two major characters were the guy and the girl. The minor POVs were put in there I think, to enrich the story and to help bring perspective that neither the two major characters could have had. Interestingly enough, the fifth POV wasn’t brought in until after one of the other minor characters died. I’ll admit I was surprised at the late insertion of another POV, but it turned out OK.

If we writers can get this right, it enriches the experience for the reader. As a voracious reader myself, I know I appreciate it. Let’s look first at how many.

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