One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was a very simple piece of wisdom I got this from a former editor-in-chief of one of the large publishing houses.
She said, “Allow the reader to experience the story.”
It’s seems simple, but it makes such a difference.
To give context, I received that advice just about when she was going to clobber me (figuratively) because I had a POV character which I at the time thought was a clever way of showing the internal workings of the “bad guy’s” mind. In my head, I was showing the reader the motivation behind the antagonist of the story and wanted to try something a little unusual.
In the end, she made me realize, with the aforementioned advice, that I would have a much better story if I removed that POV completely and allowed the reader to be more surprised by the things that were happening. In my attempting to be clever or complex, I was inadvertently showing too much to the reader. I could have worked, but not as well as if I hadn’t done it.
For instance, it would have been an okay scene to have the main POV character get attacked, and the reader knows why the attack happened.
However, it would make a much more powerful scene if the main POV character was attacked, and the reader had no idea what motivated it or had any more background data than the POV character had. You’d experience the story as the POV character did, and not a more omniscient narrator.
by Michael A. Rothman
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 1st 2016
M & S Publishing, LLC
In a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a Governor who is both feared and worshipped, Willow is a seventeen-year-old girl who is just trying to get through her last year of studies. But when her father dies, she experiences strange dreams that change everything about how she looks at the world and at herself.
Haunted by the tragedy, Willow begins pushing herself beyond anything she could have imagined she was capable of. It’s only when she catches the attention of some of the Governor’s minions that her world is turned upside-down.
About the Author
Michael A. Rothman – Author, Engineer and Cat Herder.
In a nutshell:
- First-born American in my family
- Accepts no excuses
- Despises self-importance in himself and others
- Loves Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers