Readers want it. Publishers want it. And I want it too. What I’m talking about is deep point of view (POV).
Deep POV is a method of writing that takes readers into the head and heart of a character, allowing the story to be seen and felt through the character’s experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Think about it as someone putting on a virtual reality headset while reading your story.
It’s emotional and strong, and to tell you the truth hard to accomplish. But if done right, your readers will love you. This type of writing is an art and takes talent. Something that is tough for me. Oh, I’ll have my moments, but I slack off and start using tags, “he wondered, she pondered/thought” which is not deep POV.
Here’s a passage from my work in progress, The Sundowners, where I tried deep POV.
“Finally,” Bat said as he slipped his Jeep into the recently vacated parking spot. He slammed the car door, and as if the Jeep needed to have the last word, the door bounced back and hit him in the leg.
“Ungrateful thing,” he gritted out as he rubbed his shin and slammed the door again. For years, Bat and the 1995 YJ had a love-hate relationship. The damn thing should be sold for parts, but instead it got new brakes. What a waste of money.
So what do you think? Did you feel anchored to Bat and experienced the Jeep’s door hitting your leg? Was it a waste of money for Bat to put brakes on the Jeep?
If you want to capture and expand your audience, try deep POV. There are many resources out there, but one I’ve found most useful is, Deep Point of View (Busy Writer’s Guides Book 9) by Marcy Kennedy.