When this message from the Big U crossed my monitor, it hit me two ways. First, because I often struggle with my writing, I tend to focus these tidbits of wisdom on that. And this one definitely fits. I’ve talked before about POV (Point OF View), and how difficult it is sometimes to decide whose should be prominent in a scene. Even when using a “cinematic” POV, I tend to have a lead character who observes/tells/opines the main thread, with other characters chiming in with their two cents worth. Sometimes, I know automatically who has the main POV. Sometimes, I have to figure it out by looking at things through both pairs of eyes. There are several authors who write scenes–and sometimes entire books–from the POV of the heroine and then the hero. Jeanne Frost recently released a version of her first Night Huntress series, HALWAY TO THE GRAVE, told in Cat’s POV, with a version of the very same events in Bones’s POV, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GRAVE. I find such exercises fascinating.
Sometimes, Silver, finally seeing things from someone else’s perspective can totally change your life.
Which, sometimes, explains exactly why they’re there.
Like in the song, Silver, you know, “Spooky,” but it sounds like Spoo-kay.
And that’s the writing portion of today’s post. The other thought I had is a bit more…I don’t want to say political because my thoughts aren’t really about politics. It’s about civility and open-mindedness and communication. There’s too little of that in the world right now. Sadly, the side that touts how open and inclusive they are remain the most close-minded. They drown out any viewpoint but their own and often go to extremes to do so. I got caught up in one of those situations and it broke my heart. I had to walk away from something very near and dear to my heart. I can’t say more than that because I have both personal and professional ethics but it still hurts to this day. As I watch what is happening in the world today, I despair. And I realize even more how important it is to have a place to escape to, a place where people overcome the obstacles and who find their Happy Ever After. Yes, I’ve often said this is why I write romance. And it remains even truer today than ever.