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A request for Switch Blayde

Chris Podhola

A while back, we got into a discussion regarding P.O.V. I made assertions, believing wholeheartedly (based on previous study) that my perception of POV was solid. After much debate, I began to realize I didn't have it nailed down nearly as well as I thought.

After that discussion I purchased a book teaching POV. I've read it cover to cover (twice) and still, I feel like your understanding of POV may be more thorough than what was in the book that I purchased (Written by respected fiction author Nancy Kress).

I am hereby requesting that you please consider writing a POV instruction book. If you were to write it and publish it, you have at least one guaranteed sale from me.

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@Chris Podhola

But what POV would I write it from? LOL

I'd be afraid I would give out wrong information, but I'll consider it. POV, for me, is the hardest part of writing fiction.

Chris Podhola

@Switch Blayde

I don't know man. I was left with the impression that you understand it better than any of the sources I've studied.
Either that or you are really, really good at faking it. lol

Ernest Bywater

@Switch Blayde

But what POV would I write it from? LOL


be a text book or how to do, you should use 3rd Omni.

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde
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@Ernest Bywater


be a text book or how to do, you should use 3rd Omni.


That was my attempt at humor. I guess I failed.

There is no POV. Well, the information is the author's point of view or belief. But that's different.

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin

@Switch Blayde

If you own an automobile that is a privately owned vehicle, a POV. Maybe in the army you might have to be a private to have a POV.

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola

@richardshagrin

Wait a second...

I thought POV meant Party Over at Violet's! I was looking forward to a three people party at her place.

richardshagrin

As long as everybody, including me, is confused, is the opposite of the tag Light Bondage "Heavy Bondage" or "Dark Bondage" with the lights turned off. Or maybe Light Bond is a reference to James Bond?

Just to cast some light on the subject.

Chris Podhola

@richardshagrin

"Heavy Bondage"


Heavy bondage is the anchor tied to your ankle after a serial killer is done with you and disposes of your body in the ocean.

Light Bondage is when he forgets to tie the anchor in a double knot and you float back to the surface.

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola
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@Chris Podhola

And a Cereal killer is a ten-year-old with a five pound spoon.

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin

@Chris Podhola

And a very large bowl.

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola

@richardshagrin

And a very large bowl.


Or if he pours the milk into the box.

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola

@Chris Podhola

Oh... I almost forgot. Dark Bondage is what you see at the bottom of the ocean if the serial killer forgot to stab you before tossing your body into the water.

awnlee jawking

@richardshagrin

Light Bondage refers to periods when James Bond is played by a blond actor such as Daniel Craig and Dark Bondage refers to periods with a dark-haired actor such as Pierce Brosnan.

AJ

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola

@awnlee jawking

It could also be spanking a light bulb. This stuff is kind of confusing.

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola

@Chris Podhola

Hurry up, Switch! lol

I'm consulting with an author and as I read his manuscript, I see he could use some help with POV. It'd be nice to have a definitive reference that I could point him to. Count this as a sale lost! ;)

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@Chris Podhola

Count this as a sale lost! ;)


If I write it, it'll be free.

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola

@Switch Blayde

It'll be easier to sell that way. lol

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@Chris Podhola

For it to be for sale, I'd need to write a book on writing with POV as one chapter. Even if I wanted to do that, why would anyone buy it? I have no credentials. Not a published author. Not an English teacher. Never worked for a publisher.

Chris Podhola

@Switch Blayde

Not a published author


Well, I disagree. That's specifically what I would hope you wouldn't do. I have read plenty of works with POV as one chapter. Hoping to get you to do something a little more extensive. I think POV offers enough material to do more than a single chapter.

And you do write? Don't you? I was under the impression that you do. Was I wrong about that?

Ernest Bywater

@Switch Blayde

Not a published author. Not an English teacher. Never worked for a publisher.


That doesn't stop 99% of the other people. You know what the subject is about, you can explain it real well, so do it. The worse case is you only sell one or two copies per year for the next 20 years, but you may sell 100 copies in the next month

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Ernest Bywater

@Switch Blayde

I'd need to write a book on writing with POV as one chapter.


One chapter to explain what Point of View is and layout the main types, then another chapter for each major type of POV with examples. It won't be a huge book, but will be more than one chapter.

Chris Podhola
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@Ernest Bywater


The worse case is you only sell one or two copies per year for the next 20 years, but you may sell 100 copies in the next month


Switch
I can tell you that I consult with at least two to three different authors every week. Many of them have POV issues and you explain the right way to approach POV better than anyone else I've run into. Assuming you did a nice job on it, you would have my recommendation to the authors I deal with.

Switch Blayde

@Chris Podhola

And you do write? Don't you? I was under the impression that you do. Was I wrong about that?


Yeah, but outside my following, I'm unknown. But I get what you're saying. And you too, Ernest.

madnige

Possibly lobby Lazeez on setting up an area for articles like this and Lance Sterling's A Primer on Incest, where they don't count against downloads for authors/reviewers. I've got quite a few thoughts I could put together on SF worldbuilding which wouldn't fit as a normal story, but would be a useful reference.

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@madnige

Possibly lobby Lazeez on setting up an area for articles like this


There used to be something like that on the left side of the SOL home page. I don't see it anymore. Stuff like articles on where the hymen really is. Not that anyone read it based on the incorrect positioning in stories.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Switch Blayde

There used to be something like that on the left side of the SOL home page.


It's on the left side of the Author / Editors page now

http://storiesonline.net/author/

Chris Podhola

@Ernest Bywater

It's on the left side of the Author / Editors page now


That's a funny place to put a hymen.

Switch Blayde

@Ernest Bywater

It's on the left side of the Author / Editors page now


You're right. That's where it's always been. And it makes sense because they're author tools.

Capt Zapp

@Switch Blayde

Wow. There is a lot of stuff of that doesn't show if you use small screen. Is that a bug that needs reporting?

awnlee jawking

@Switch Blayde

The quality of the articles seems rather variable. It's a shame authors can't provide feedback by way of a score, but I guess that isn't feasible since some are external to SOL.

AJ

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Capt Zapp

Wow. There is a lot of stuff of that doesn't show if you use small screen. Is that a bug that needs reporting?


Yes. Fixed.

sejintenej

@Chris Podhola

I have read plenty of works with POV as one chapter.

I was about to comment on the number of stories about poor overdeveloped virgins

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