What’s Your Point of View? And Why it Matters

By Sierra Cartwright Point of view is essentially the position of story’s narrator. (Or narrators.) Today’s fiction is most often told from either first-person or third-person point of view. The advantage of third person is that you can tell the story from many viewpoints. But beware, switching in the same scene can lead to distracting head-hopping. First person works in a number of genres, but it limits you to a single viewpoint for each story. Some authors write dual-first person POV, but...
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Handout for the RT Booklovers Convention 2016

The Sensational Seven Writing Tips by Sierra Cartwright PDF 2 MB - opens new window   A Party for book lovers! Book fair, workshops, mingle with over 800 authors including Sierra Cartwright, and enjoy lots of free books. RT Event Schedule - Times and places you can catch Sierra Thursday, 04/14 Sound Bites Panel (Tropical E) - 1:30-2:30 Club RT 2:45 & 3:15 Friday, 04/15 Cirque Du Punk (Pavilion 9)- 9:30pm - 12:00am Saturday, 04/16 Book Fair (Pavilion Ballroom) - 10:30 - 2pm Sunday, 04/1...
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Crafting a Compelling Story

By Sierra Cartwright   Do: Show, rather than tell Aim for potato chip endings Create interesting, flawed characters Choose your POV character carefully Consider who has the most at stake in a scene Master deep POV   Watch for: Adverbs Exclamation marks Overreliance on italics Improbable simultaneous reaction Wandering body parts Redundancy Filter words Misplaced modifiers Clichés   Common plot devices to avoid: Overheard conversations Beginning a book in motion—meaning in an aut...
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Sierra Cartwright’s Indispensable Writing Books For Authors

These are the books that are always on my bookshelf. When I move, they’re the last books to get packed and the first ones to get unpacked!   Techniques of a Selling Writer by Dwight Swain. I’ve carried this book everywhere for twenty years or more. The section on Scene and Sequel transformed my writing and helped me figure out point of view. Understanding what goes into a sequel, in a way that is not an info dump, is transformative. This little book holds an astounding amount of informa...
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