It’s All About the POV, Baby

Hi. It’s me again. Before I begin this post, I’d like to say that I’ve only published one book and am currently writing my third. I am not a seasoned author. I do not know everything there is to know about writing. Not even half. But, I’ve picked up some lessons as a reader and a writer and I believe in spreading knowledge. So here I go.

Not everyone can pull off dual POVs. And not everyone can pull off writing a male POV and a female POV. It isn’t as rare as a unicorn. On a scale from ‘never going to happen’, to ‘an everyday occurrence’, authors getting multiple characters POVs down in a believable way is at a ‘sometimes, when it’s raining and if I wear my raincoat’.

If any of you lovely folks read Mystic Waters, you’d see my first attempt at dual POVs. The entire book is written in Liza’s, a female’s POV. The last chapter is written in Edric’s, a male’s POV. I don’t want to count this toward what I’m going to say because Edric is obsessed with Liza. He loves her so much, that his thought process isn’t like a human man’s. Plus, he’s damn near immortal. Most of his chapter is flashbacks anyway. Back to what I was getting at.

point-of-view

Dual POVs are kind of something I love. You’ll see what I mean in my future work. Take Crashing Souls, for instance. It is written in a male POV. Dexter’s POV is dialogue-driven. There’s white space because, let’s be honest, men don’t overthink the way we do. He says and does and while he sometimes thinks or notices things, he will not notice her brand new shoes (unless she’s never worn shoes before) or that she is wearing a designer dress. Ladies, stop doing this to your male characters. My husband gives a rat’s ass about my new eye shadow. Sometimes he’ll notice that I’ve put on makeup (especially in the beginning when we were still figuring each other out) but he’d either mentally check it off (Oh, she looks a little different. Makeup?) or he’ll ask me and not listen to my response (kidding!). If I were to write a female’s point of view, hers would have less white space because she is thought-driven. She tends to either think about what she’s going to say or she’s thinking about the situation as a whole. She is the one who notices the small things. She is the one who would cut off the tag, while cringing at the price, and tell us, in some creative way, that it’s a designer dress.

Men in love are strange creatures. They tend to start thinking more and, dare I say, even overthinking at times. It’s a side effect of having been in the company of a woman. This does not mean his POV will start to sound just like his woman’s. It just means he might have more internal monologue. Add in wrinkles and a few greying hairs and he’s a man in love! That was another joke.

There are, of course, instances where my advice means nothing. Pretty much any genre where the world has drastically changed. Also, there are men who do not act this way or think this way, just as there are women who don’t act or think the way most females do. Check out Nivineon. It’s chock full of females who would worry more about their killing abilities than their physical appearance. This post is geared toward those writing contemporary romance in any age group. I guess what I’m trying to say is, stay true to your characters. And write for your readers. I will laugh if your male characters sound like female characters.

This post is likely rubbish but I put down a bowl of homemade chili (made by me) to write it, so I hope someone, somewhere, gets something from it.

Now playing the entire Crashing Souls playlist. You can listen to it here.

All my love,
Cynth

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