When I was in high school, I was a big art geek. I took it all four years and loved every second. My teacher, Mr. Fallon was the best. One of the things I learned from him was not to pick up how-to books. He said, “They teach you how to draw THEIR way, not YOUR way.” It made me resistant to trying out how-to writing books.
So when I say I highly recommend Rivet Your Readers with Deep POV, know that I am coming from a stance that cringes at how-to books.
The thing I like about the book is it doesn’t tell you how to write––which is what my art teacher warned me about with art how-to books. Instead, it discusses how to get deeper into your character’s head and action. To show better. Which is the biggest writing advice out there: Show, don’t tell. There are lots of examples.
Shallow POV: He thought a good bath wouldn’t hurt the dog.
Deep POV: Whew! A good bath would do this dog a world of good.
–Rivet Your Readers with Deep POV 45%
The book made me look at emotions and actions differently. Instead of flat out saying the word, I had to figure out what body language to use that would show the word. I bought the ebook, but I plan on getting the paperback. It’s the sort of book where having a physical copy is easier to reference. You can get it on Amazon (the link is to Amazon Smile, so a portion of the proceeds go to Operation Smile.) It a short read, easy to digest, offers work sheets to do, and will give you a lot to think about concerning your WIP.