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Overcoming Disappointment: when writing gets you down

Liz here:

Buckle your seat belt. Pull down that harness. Make sure you're strapped in and get ready for the roller coaster ride that is the writer's life. There will be high highs: your first contract, a contest win, a five-star review.

But you know the saying about everything that goes up. I was recently at an amusement park with my family. My teenage daughter convinced me to go on a coaster called the Griffon. Mind you, I'm afraid of heights. That roller coaster took forever to reach the top. I chanced to open my eyes when we stopped climbing. We were way up there.

Guess what happened next? Yep, the coaster went down. As in a nosedive. As in I strained against that harness.

Writing isn't all that different. In addition to the ups, there will be downs. A rejection letter, a one star review, a publishing house deciding not to renew your contract. If you write, you will face at least one, and probably all, of these situations.

As we descended from that great height, I held on to that harness with everything I had. No one was going to pry my fingers off of it.When you're writing life doesn't go the way you want it to, or imagined that it would, that's the time to hold on with all of your might. That's the time to cling to the Lord and to trust in him. Readers, contest judges, and publishers may all be fickle, but the Lord never is. He is constant. And while you may not have seen the downside of that hill coming, he did. And he knows what's around the next bend.

This might be a time in which he is stretching and growing you, both as a writer and a person. Take the time to step back and evaluate your work. How could you make it better? What could you do differently? What do you have to learn yet? Instead of seeing rejection, see it as a time of growth. This is also the time to step back and evaluate your relationship with the Lord. What should you be doing differently? What does he want to teach you? How can you grow in him?

Though you may not see it at the time, disappointment might ultimately mean opportunity. Be open to what the Lord has in store for you. Even though one editor rejects your manuscript, another may love it. Even though your relationship with your agent didn't work out, there may be an agent better suited to you out there. Even though you got a one star review, the next one might be glowing.

Disappointment might also mean that the time is not right. The Lord's timing is always perfect, far better than ours. We know what we want, and we want it now. But that's not how God works. He knows the right time, the perfect time for that big sale, for that next contract, for that contest win. Again, trust is essential here. Keep working, keep honing your craft, keep plugging away at that keyboard. Learn, grow, stretch yourself. And when the time is right, you'll look back and see his hand through all of the ups and downs.

When I stepped off of that roller coaster, it had been quite a ride. In the end, though, I was glad I had accompanied my daughter. It was worth it. And so will be the ride that we call writing.

How do you deal with disappointment when it comes your way?

Deep POV: What is it and why do you need it?

Jennifer here:

If you’ve been in the writing world at all, you’ll be familiar with the term POV, which stands for Point of View. This is important to know because it’s the point of view of the person who is telling the story at this moment in time.

Point of view is one of those things that has evolved as styles of writing have evolved. Many of the classics were written in a more omniscient POV. This is where the author writes from a position of authority, knowing everything that is happening, more than what the characters know. You can see it sneak into modern writing when you see the phrase, “Little did she know that her fate had just been sealed.” Or something to that effect. The reason is if we are in a character’s POV, and not omniscient, we can only know what they can know. If she can’t know that her fate has been sealed, then we as readers can’t know it either.

So, why wouldn’t you want to use omniscient? It seems that as an author you’d want the ability to know and show everything. And the answer is because it creates distance between the reader and the character. The closer a reader is to being inside a character’s skin, the greater the emotional bond they share. Which leads to a more memorable and moving experience.

Let me illustrate the different types of POV using movie shots. The omniscient POV is like the sweeping panorama shot from a boom camera or a helicopter. Gorgeous scenery, endless views, but the characters, if they are present at all, are little specks. A whole movie like that would get monotonous. We would have no idea what the characters were doing, let alone thinking or feeling.

Regular POV would be when the camera is just on one person, showing us her reactions, her words. We can tell some of her emotions because we read them on her face and we see them in her body language.

But deep POV takes us beyond what the camera can show us. Deep POV is when we crawl inside the hero’s skin. When we do that, we don’t see their eyes or their faces. Put yourself in the scene as your character. What are you thinking, feeling? What are you doing with your body? What things are your five senses picking up? Show us what it’s like to be that person from deep inside of them, not by showing us from the outside.

What I find is that because we watch TV and movies, we muddle POV. When you watch a TV show or a movie, they are showing you the person’s face as they talk or react. When the director wants us to know what the heroine is feeling, he shows us her face, actions, and dialogue. However in writing, it’s very different.

We need to make the dive into deep POV to create a greater emotional connection between our characters and our readers. And that’s what’s going to give them that satisfying read they can’t put down.

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