Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bad Blogger

I know I've been a bad blogger lately, but I'm trying to be better (at least in my head). Things that have been keeping me busy besides Plants vs. Zombies? Working on setting up Promo stuff for L.A. Cinderella. 2 more months to release. Crap, the time goes by fast. Ordered bookmarks and am trying to do ribbon bookmarks too. I'll try to post a pic when I receive my bookmarks in the mail. Writing or procrastinating writing on Fallen. I'm almost to the midpoint and the rest should all be downhill, right? Right? Please tell me I'm right? *cries softly*

Still waiting to hear Casanova Exposed's fate. It's been 4 weeks and a day. :) Not that I'm counting or anything. And letting the followup story stew in the back of my brain. I tried once to write my completely different genre and tone books at the same time. Once. It doesn't work for me. I'm a one story at a time type gal. At least for now, maybe once I get a few extra things off my plate, it will work great.

The one thing I think that's holding me back from writing the scene I'm on in Fallen is that it's a fight scene and unlike the previous ones, this one needs both POVs. As a newbie, you have it drilled into your head that you don't head hop unless you do a scene break. Well, see I've already broken this rule for love scenes. I tried to break during a love scene, but when I took out the breaks it flowed a whole heck of a lot better and didn't get any mention from my editor in L.A. Cinderella. I know not to bounce back and forth like a ping pong ball, but I'm afraid the only way to do this fight scene is to POV shift multiple times.

The problem: I have two people fighting for their lives. While they will both be focused on their own battles, they will be dimly aware of what is going on around them. One will get severely injured during the scene. So maybe I should think of it like a screen play (not omniscient). The camera will zoom back and then come in to tight focus on one of them then zoom back or pan to the other. To get this thing out I think I'm going to have to write it as it comes and then go back and fix it.

So what do you think? As a writer or as a reader, do shifts in POVs jar you too much to the point where you want to throw the book against the wall? Or do you enjoy getting a sense of what's going on from both sides of the story even during the same scene?


Jeannie Lin said...

Now, you know my phrase -- if I were a bettin' woman...

I've done the love scene switcheroo thing too. It felt right because I didn't want to stay in one person's POV for too long in that particular scene.

But if I were a bettin' woman, without knowing exactly what you need in the scene, it seems it could play out very disjointed in a fight scene when there's so much going on and you don't want to break pace or continuity. On the other hand...having someone look over and describe what he's seeing the other person do may be a heck of a lot more distracting than just doing the switch.

Annie said...

can't say what i like best about the switch povs thingy in scenes. It really depends on the writer and how well they write. I say try it and then read it out loud and then rate your head aches. (if you have one.)
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Katie Reus said...

Solely from the pov of a reader, I never used to notice the switches. Half of my fave authors do it! As a writer I tend to notice them now and wish I didn't, but they don't bother me if done right. If you think it's necessary for the scene I say go w/ your instinct. If your editor thinks it needs changing later you might have to go back but she might love it as much as you. Good luck w/ whatever you choose!

Annie said...

Amanda are you going to the Romance Writers in Nashville?

Amanda said...

Yes, I will be at Nationals in Nashville. :)

Annie said...

any chance you know anyone who need a roommate for national?