Choosing the Right POV

One of the biggest decisions you have to make before you begin writing a story is through whose eyes are you going to tell the story. For those writers who invent their characters first, and then build their stories around those characters, choosing the POV is an easier task. But what if the story–or at least the premise—came first? How do you know who would be the most effective POV character? What if you’re using multiple POVs, and have more than one to choose from for a specific scene?

The Curious Case of the Nameless Character

Recently, I listed opening a book with a nameless character as one of the 5 Reasons I Put Your Book Down. In comments, I was asked to elaborate a little more for the benefit of those who are wondering why it’s such a big deal. I attempted to answer in comments, but (in classic form) my answer grew a bit …

The Trouble With Prologues

Here’s my issue with prologues: I’m a long-time fantasy reader. That means I have been faced with more prologues than I can even count. Some books even have two prologues!¬†Sometimes these prologues are interesting and legitimate. Much, much more often the prologue is used as a free info-dump. The writer feels no need to ‘hook’ me into the book—so why …