Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Tuesday Tips: POV -- A Problem? Part 2

So last week I blogged the first part of this two part series. You can read that post here.
This week I'm going to be covering the last Point of View. This one is (in my opinion) the most complicated.
Now the third POV is called . . . How did you guess? Third Person.
I've read that this is the most common POV, but I think it just about ties with first person.

What is third person POV?
It's when the narrator is outside the story telling about something that is happening inside the story. It uses the pronouns he, she or they.

Two examples are Harry Potter by JK Rowling and Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan.
Here's my own example:

Aaron wasn't having the best of days. So far he'd been shot at, handcuffed, threatened, and done a lot of running. So yeah, defiantly not the best day, but not the worst either. That award must be given to the day before. . .

So what's so hard, you might be asking. Well, I'm about to tell you.
See, there are three parts of Third Person.
Wait a second? Three POVs, but the last one has three parts? Is that what I'm saying? Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying.
What are the parts of third person?
Are you ready? Here we go.
First part: Objective.
The Third Person Objective point of view doesn't have an opinion. When writing this way, the events of the story are related to you just as they happen, with out any input from the author. Also, in Objective Third Person you never hear other characters thoughts. Objective 3rd is basically like TV, except you're reading it.
My example? Alright if you insist.
Amanda walked up to John and handed him a pen. "Thanks for letting me borrow this."
"No problem" John said.
Amanda walked away and sat down with her friends.
John turned to Ed. "Did you see that? Amanda Walker talked to me. Me!"

Do you see? We don't know what either Amanda or John are thinking.

Second Part: Omniscient.
In 3rd Omniscient the narrator is privy to the thoughts of everyone at all times.
Here's an Omniscient re-take of the scene above.
Amanda took in the greasy hair and wrinkled shirt of the boy with mild abhorrence. Of all the boys in class, why did he have to loan her a pen. She walked up to him. "Thanks for letting me borrow this" she muttered.
John didn't notice the way Amanda looked at him. He was too busy looking at her, with her long blond hair, and seemingly longer high heels. Too late he realized she'd spoken to him. "No problem," he said.
Amanda retreated to her table, thankful she'd been able to escape so easily.
He's so ridiculous, Ed thought, as John turned back to him, looking slightly drunk.
"Did you see that?" John demanded. "Amanda Walker talked to me. Me!"

This switching back and forth. from head to head, is sometimes called head hopping.

Third Part: Limited
In limited 3rd person POV is the most common. In any particular scene, the narrator only knows the thought of one person in the scene. That person can change from scene to scene, but that's it.
Here's the limited POV of the story snippet:
Amanda took in the greasy hair and wrinkled shirt of the boy with mild abhorrence. Of all the boys in class, why did he have to loan her a pen. She walked up to him. "Thanks for letting me borrow this" she muttered.
She had already turned and gotten half way to her table when she heard him say "No problem."
As she took her seat with the rest of the cheerleaders, she heard the boy say to his friend, "Did you see that? Amanda Walker talked to me. Me!"
Mentally, she shuddered, then turned to her friend Mary and didn't think about the incident again. "Did you hear that Josh and Sophie broke up?"

You see how it's done? If not, please leave me a comment so I can try to do better.
Tune in next week to read all about another common beginners problem.

Thanks for reading!
~Sarah F.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mind the Writer Mondays

On Mondays, I'm going to give vent to that fact that I'm a teen writer and talk about one of my favorite things! My writing! If you get board feel free to skip this post.
So, what am I writing?
Currently I am in the editing phase of my first novel. It's a Sci-Fi/Fantasy about a fourteen year old girl named Jemma.
After the death of both her parents, Jemma discovers she's adopted. She sets out on a quest to find her true mother and her search takes her into the midst of a rebellious organization known as The Revellen. Jemma learns that her birth mother is a key player in The Revellen, but is currently missing after going on a dangerous mission. Can Jemma find and rescue her in time?
THE REVELLEN is a full length 60,000 word novel.
Yeah, it's that cool. Don't you wish you'd thought of it?
I'm hoping to be done editing it by the end of the school year, at which point I'll start on my next book idea.
What is that idea? Come back next week and see.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturdays of Simple Referral

Happy Saturday! I don't know how you feel about Saturdays, but I like to do a lot of book writing, which means not a lot of blog writing. So on Saturdays I'll just be redirecting you to someplace else, like a blog, website, magazine, or book.
So what's this Saturday?
My number one favorite teen writing blog . . . Go Teen Writers!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fridays with First Timers: Above by Leah Bobet

On Fridays with First Timers, I'll be giving you a look at debut authors who's books are upcoming or came out recently.

This Friday the book is Above by Leah Bobet.

Leah Bobet drinks tea, wears feathers in her hair, and plants gardens in back alleys. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Above is her first novel, though she has written for other books.

She blogs here.

I have seen Above classified as a Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Sci-Fi.

Here's a summery of the book from the publisher's website:

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her blond haFriir shining and her bee's wings falling away. They live together in Safe, a refuge deep underground for those fleeing the harsh city Above -- as does Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Atticus, who has thick claws for hands, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingertips.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. Forced to survive in the most dangerous place he can imagine, Matthew strives to unravel the mystery of the shadows' powers and Safe's own secret history. For he must find a way to remake Safe -- not just for himself and his friends, but for Ariel, who's again faced with a life she fled, and who needs him more than ever before.

A gorgeously imagined urban fantasy and a deeply moving love story, Above is the debut of an extraordinary new voice.

Be sure to cheek out Above when it hits the shelves this spring. The estimated pub date is April 1st according to Goodreads.com.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday Tips: POV -- A Problem?

As I've read fellow teen's writing, I've noticed some problems. And I've decided to present a series of posts on these pesty bugs. And the first problem? POV.

Problem #1: What's POV mean?
This is something you should learn if you hope to become a professional writer. It's writers lingo, which is always important to know. So, POV? Simple. It's the abbreviation for Point Of View.

Problem #2: What's Point of View?
The simple answer is that Point of View the View Point the story is told from. Whose head are we in?

The long answer is much more complicated. There are three different Points Of View.

The first is called First Person. Go figure.
First Person is when the narrator, who is a character in a story tells the story about another character in the story or about themselves. It uses the pronouns I and Me.
Two books told in first person are Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.

Here's my own example:

"You shouldn't be here" I said.
The boy on the ground shrugged, although how anyone can shrug when their hands are tied behind their back is beyond me.
I knelt on the floor next to him, holding a dagger to his throat.

You see? There is a character in the story and we are inside his or her head.

The second POV is called Second Person.
Second Person is when you, the reader, are addressed as a character in the story, normally the main. It uses the pronoun you. Imagine telling someone about who they are after they've had amnesia. This style is rarely used, and I can only give an example of selected sections of Conspiracy of King by Megan Whalen Turner.

Here's my example:

You're running. Again. If you owned a gold coin for every time you ran from something, you'd be richer then the king.
Behind you someone yells, "Stop thief!"
But you don't stop, because the people behind you want to kill you.

And the last one? We'll leave that for next week.