Solid Writing Advice from Author M.S. Kaye

I’m pleased to host fellow Liquid Silver Books author, M.S. Kaye, today on one leg of her Quick Tips Blog Tour. M.S. Kaye has put together ten short, easy writing tips to share, consisting of very solid advice for writers at all levels.

To see all of M.S. Kaye’s tour stops, visit HER SITE where she posts the tour schedule.

author picQuick Tip 2:

Point of view can be a tricky thing. I was recently editing a manuscript for a publisher I work with, and the author continually filtered every action through the point of view of the main character. This isn’t wrong necessarily, just not as strong as it could be.

Consider these sentences:

“Sarah saw the man run out into the road.”

“The man ran out into the road.”

If Sarah is established to be the point of view character, there is no need to filter every action through her; the reader already knows she is experiencing the things Sarah is. Continuing to filter through the character keeps a wall between the reader and the action. In almost all cases, it’s better for the story if the reader feels they are experiencing the action as if they are Sarah, not standing off to the side watching Sarah watch the action. And we all know it’s best to cut as many unnecessary words as possible.

About M.S. Kaye

M.S. Kaye has several published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband, Corey, in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com. You can also fine M.S. Kaye on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

Her most recent book is Kindling the Past, a 107,000 word contemporary paranormal suspense released last week by Liquid Silver Books. From the publisher: “In the midst of tragedy, Kindle is trying to forge a new life. But when she starts having visions of the past, she needs to follow them to the truth … no matter what the cost. Kindling the Past is M. S. Kaye’s sweeping tale of friendship and love, and will be a welcome addition to your romance library.”

For more, including a wonderful excerpt from the prologue and first chapter of Kindling the Past, go to Flash of Romance.

 

 

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