RTC Workshop – Point of View and Voice


This year was the year I wanted to better understand the mechanics of a good read, not just enjoy a tantalizing story. In music, I liken it to a sonata which carries you away with all its beauty, however, when combined with the understanding of the components of what makes a sonata a sonata, you appreciate the artistry involved in its creation. This post by Deborah Cooke is well written and to the point discussing POV and Voice.

Deborah Cooke & Her Books

Today, I’m teaching a workshop for writers at Romancing the Capital on Point of View and Voice. It’s a jam-packed little session, as these are both huge topics, so I’m posting the workshop here as well to be sure no one misses any of it.

Here we go:

When Eve gave me this topic for my workshop today, I did a little double-take. Point of view and voice are two different tools for storytelling, and if used skillfully, they work together to heighten the reader’s experience of the story. The trick is that I could teach about either for at least a half a day—to cover both in an hour means that we’ll just visit the essentials.

We’ll start with point of view. Point of view involves two different structural choices. Most of the references I found explained one or the other, but bonus today, we’ll talk about both.

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About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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