POV and Psychic Distance

with Debi Alper

Duration: 1 hour

Novels are the only narrative form that can go deep inside fictional characters' heads and see the world through their eyes. Sometimes you may want the reader to share your protagonist’s perceptions and fully empathise with them. At other times, you might choose to be more remote and objective. This session will show you how to manipulate your reader's engagement with your characters by distinguishing between a POV voice and a narrator's voice and deciding to what extent a character's voice should colour the prose. The workshop will also help with creating convincing characters and understanding the crucial difference between showing and telling.