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.
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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