Keeping Readers at Arm’s Length with Distanced POV – by C.S. Lakin…

on Live Write Thrive:

Fiction writers know all about POV, and in current novels, going deep is the ticket. But there are times when it’s strategic and powerful to keep distance in POV.

While it is sometimes used as an effective writing style to present an objective panorama of plot and characters  (as you’ll see further down), it has the benefit of leaving readers wondering and filling in blanks.

If a reader isn’t welcomed into the landscape of a character’s mind and can only make assumptions about motivation by watching the action, gestures, and expressions of the characters, then he is left with impressions and many questions. Which is all great for creating microtension, if done well.

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