Saturday, I attended my Writers’ Group. We had another author as a guest speaker. She writes Amish fiction as well as something called “Steam Punk” fiction. I had never heard of Steam Punk fiction before but she even came dressed in Steam Punk apparel because upon leaving our Writers’ Group, she had a book signing for her Steam Punk fiction at a nearby historical railroad.
Her Amish fiction books are written under the name of Adina Senft and her Steam Punk books are written under the name of Shelley Adina. She talked about several of her books and I was quite intrigued by the ones labeled as “Steam Punk” fiction. I was disappointed that she didn’t have any books to sign and sell to our group due to time constraints, and probably because she needed what she brought for the book signing event. Therefore, I will have to look for her books online.
She spoke to us about “World Building Through Your Character’s Eyes” (setting). It was a wonderful workshop, though she went through it quite quickly because she normally takes three hours to teach it, and, for us, she had to squeeze it into one hour and forty minutes. She had notes on an overhead, so I scribbled furiously in my notebook to be sure to catch the most important points, and, thankfully, she handed out a sheet with some of the more important points on it. I have come to truly enjoy and value attending this writer’s group.
I am learning so much, which brings me to the reason for the title of this post. I stepped out of my comfort zone and shared two scenes of a story I am working on with a critique group, and they were very kind. One lady blessed me by telling me all of the things she felt were very strong in my writing. Those who told me my weakness, said, “point of view”. I have been told this once before but this time it baffled me because I thought I was doing well with the point of view in this story. In the past, with the story that I had been told had a confusing point of view, the person explaining it pointed it out to me and it was perfectly clear what I had done wrong. I have been very careful not to do that with this story, and the thing they pointed out as the point of view issue seems strange to me because I am only sharing my main character’s thoughts and feelings. The example they pointed to had a sentence or two of my main character’s thoughts before my secondary main character told her one of the stories of his life, and all she did was listen.
Do any of you have problems with point of view and how do you resolve it? I will be researching point of view now to see if I can understand it better. If you have any tips or advice on point of view, please leave a comment. I would greatly appreciate it.