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Point of View is something that novels/short stories have that other forms of narrative storytelling, particularly visual mediums, do not. Thus it is something writers can use to maintain the relevance of the printed narrative in today's marketplace.
This book provides an in-depth look at what makes point of view "deep," which is what readers and publishers want these days. It is frustrating as an author to be told your work is "too distant" or "not close enough to the experience", or "I don't know what the character wants or is feeling." These are criticisms that come from point of view that is not tied directly to character's perceptions. These are mostly technical problems, and this book provides a wealth of techniques that you can use in your writing to help the reader become immersed in your character's inner and outer world. I found the discussion of third-person deep vs. third-person limited especially interesting.
The narrator, Cat Lookabough, begins a little too chirpy for my taste, but then settles into a strong, grounded, heartfelt performance. I enjoyed this book very much, and found its command of subject matter and usefulness to be excellent. I'm sure I will listen to this book again.
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A short listen, and worth reviewing from time to time to brush up. There is enough material here not covered in the same way elsewhere to make it a valuable resource. Also, the reader is excellent, British, and female, like the author - always a good combination.
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