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Whose story is it? Getting the viewpoint right

Pauline RowsonWhose story is it? That is a question every writer needs to ask before starting to write a novel, or if not then certainly while writing and revising it. From whose viewpoint are you telling the story? Is it single viewpoint or multiple viewpoint? Is it male or female or a mixture of both?

Having too many viewpoints and switching them too often will muddle the story and confuse (and often) annoy the reader because it makes it more difficult for them to get inside the character(s) minds.

Tide of Death - the first in the DI Andy Horton crime seriesWhen I first started writing I wrote from the female character's point of view but as I began to write more I found myself far more attracted to telling the story from the male character's point of view and when I created my hunky detective, DI Andy Horton, in the first of the Horton series, Tide of Death, I knew that I had found my 'voice' as they say in writing parlance.

In Cold Daylight - a crime novelOnce I started writing from the male point of view everything began to fall into place. I also prefer single person point of view which means that you follow the story through the eyes of DI Andy Horton in my marine mystery crime novels, which are written in the third person, and through Adam Greene in my thriller, In Cold Daylight and Alex Albury in In For The Kill which are both written in the first person. Although this has its drawbacks in that you can not explain others inner emotions you can portray them through the lead character and it also makes for tighter writing and therefore a faster read.

Why the male point of view?

The Suffocating Sea - Di Andy Horton number 3 in the seriesWhen people ask me why I write from the male point of view I often joke that maybe it's because I am a closet man. But I don't really know and I don't think it matters, it's just the way I find comfortable writing.

There are of course some very strong females in my novels such as the pathologist Dr Gaye Clayton in the DI Andy Horton series. There are also female victims and killers and there is, from DI Andy Horton number three onwards ( The Suffocating Sea), Horton's acerbic boss, alpha female DCI Lorraine Bliss.

The two standalone crime novels also incorporate some intriguing and interesting female characters.

Finding your style and your voice takes time and practice but if you enjoy writing then that's not a chore, on the contrary it's always a pleasure to experiment.

Where to buy Pauline Rowson's books

My books are available from all good booksellers in paperback, hardback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle, on Kobo and many as unabridged audio books. They can also be loaned from libraries in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.

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FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 @ 4:00:04 GMT

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