Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Subjective Point of View and Narrative Distance

I came across two amazing posts this week that were too good not to share. These are must-reads for the writers out there, and I highly recommend following these women (I mean following their blogs, not following them--that would be creepy) .

Juliette Wade of the Talk To YoUniverse blog wrote an amazing post about expressing a character's judgment using evidential adverbs and modal verbs. When I wrote the first draft of my first YA, I was guilty of using a lot of the "she saw" or "she felt" descriptors. This post breaks in down in a simple and understandable way.

Janice Hardy from The Other Side of the Story discusses narrative distance in your POV, and the pitfalls of using distant and close POV's. I learned a lot of this through trial and error writing my first two novels--one in a much more distant POV  than the other. I think narrative distance is partly a matter of personal preference, but I'm much happier with my new novel which is written in a close POV.   

Also, totally unrelated, but too awesome a contest not to mention: the uber-amazing Nathan Bransford is hosting a first paragraph contest of epic proportions. The winner will get a partial critique by his equally amazing agent, Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management AND a signed advance copy of Nathan's book, JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW. (NOTE: There are already approximately one bazillion entries, but someone has to win, so give it a shot!)


  1. Those posts sound great. Off to check them out ...

  2. I need to read both of those links! Thank you so much for them! I saw Nathan's amazing contest and I've entered. But there are a lot of fabulous entries so the competition is tough! Thanks for mentioning it though!

  3. Oh yes, I really enjoyed Janice Hardy's Narrative Distance post! I will have to check out Juliette Wade's blog too!

    Ha, I know what you mean by Nathan's bazillion entries (I posted mine!). Here's a chance for a FULL manuscript critique by a former editor, linked from the sidebar of my blog! Fewer entries than a bazillion on this one, everyone:
    Artzicarol Ramblings

  4. PS--yes, I HAVE already been over to Juliette's post (duh). It was a really great post! I love discovering new cool sites.


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