Saturday, August 29, 2009

Blog Funk

I seem to be at a loss about what to write today. I am not a blogger who likes to post, just for the sake of posting. I don't want to be a blogger who bores readers with what I had for breakfast (which is only tea at this point, in case you are wondering), who describes the rotting vegetables hidden in the produce drawer (green onions) or who shares deep dark secrets about my family (I remember this one time my mom--never mind).

My blog is about writing and I want to share writing "things," but I am stuck. I guess I have writing blog block and I need your help. I feel like Princess Leah in the original Star Wars "help me Obi-Wan you're my only hope" except I am saying, "Help me blog readers, you're my only hope."

Please share with me:
  • your writing questions
  • writing challenges you have
  • writing success stories
  • those things you know now that you wish you knew when you started writing
  • topics you want to see more/less of
I hope you will take some time to share your thoughts. My goal with this blog is to support and encourage writers and to do that effectively, I need to find out what your questions and needs are.

Thanks for helping!


Galen Kindley--Author said...

I’m reviewing book two…prior to sending to an editor. Due to the nature of the story…it flashes backs every few chapters to a second set of protagonists/antagonists. I’ve used 3rd person, multiple POV to do that. That is, I have more than one POV character. I don’t head-hop, but, each chapter can be seen through the eyes of a different character. I’m pretty comfortable that I’ve done that correctly.

However, some of the chapters also employ plain old omniscient point of view…at least for a few paragraphs. So, my quandary is, can I mix POVs within the same chapter, so long as one predominates and there’s a reason to use the other?

I’ve looked this up in a thousand books and can find no guidance one way or the other. I did see something that hinted it was okay to have, “Omniscient moments.” That’s the closest I seen. To be clear, this is not changing POV characters, but dropping in a different POV from time to time to relay information.

For example..quickly…There’s a battle. It’s seen primarily through the eyes of the protagonist, but, there are other things going on in other parts of the battlefield that the reader needs to know. I change POVs for those movements. Come to think of it, in a couple of instances, I POV characters, too. No scene change, Thought that’s the rule. Okay end of rambling. Hope this makes sense.

Best Regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hey, I know Galen. He's a blogging buddy from the online blogbooktour class.

Galen, Kerrie is the director of that Northern Colorado Writers organization I'm always talking about.

Anyway, I just added my two cents to a POV debate on one of the Yahoo! Groups I belong to -- I don't like the omniscient POV approach at all, and I guess that's a personal problem based on what I like when I read. I do like multiple point of view where different scenes or chapters might be written from a different character's POV.

So there's a challenge for you, Kerrie. We want more on point of view in fiction.

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Hi, Patricia, fancy meeting you here. You're supposed to be marketing. Are you digitally fiddling??? (Grin) Not that I would, of course. Galen

Windy Lynn Harris said...

Hi Kerrie!

Something I wish I knew when I first started writing: When you hear that advice everywhere that says, "Familiarize yourself with a magazine before you submit your work to it," what they are really trying to say is "Read YOUR WORK. Read it thoroughly. Understand what it has become so clearly that when you find your nose in the pages of a magazine, you will know, without a doubt, if your prose is a good fit."

Windy Lynn

Melissa Taylor said...


Hi! Here's a question for you . . . How do you break through the national mag barrier without national writing experience? I'm published in regional magazines, which is lovely. Now, I'm trying to crack the national mag barrier. Obviously, I am sending the usual irresistible query letter with clips and hoping that with persistence will get me in. What are your suggestions?


Melissa Taylor

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I can't offer any advice but you made me feel better to know that I'm not the only one who runs into
'blog funks.' I enjoy just about any topic on writing, marketing and publishing because I have so much to learn.

Kerrie said...

Thank you all for your comments, questions and insight. I do appreciate it. Windy, I agree about the importance of studying a magazine. Galen, I will have some upcoming posts on POV and hopefully that will help answer your question.

Happy writing everyone!

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