After 36 hours of wondering whether the hotel’s marketing materials had been a big fat lie, mountains have emerged from the fog, creating a beautiful vista from my hotel room in suburban Vancouver. (Otherwise known as Surrey)
Eileen Cook, on the other hand, remains shrouded and I’m beginning to believe she only exists in blogland and not in real life
Having a great time at the conference so far and my mind is swimming with too many thoughts to be very coherent.
I just came out of an “advanced” class on mastering POV. Two quick thoughts:
1. I’ve noticed the use of the word master or advanced in the title of a workshop (this one used both) greatly increases the number of male writers in the room. Perhaps I’m not being totally fair, though… The presenter was a sci fi writer and some of the participants may have attended mostly to hear him.
2. The degree to which writers of other genres know nothing about romance or women’s fiction continues to amaze me. Although, given the ounce of reflection possible while I was typing that last sentence, I realize that until 4-5 years ago, I knew nothing about romance, either, so why I expect a sci fi writer to have a clue, I don’t know. (When I wrote my first romance, I thought I’d be breaking new ground by doing a sex scene from the hero’s POV. Little did I know they ALL DO THIS. At least for the past 10-15 years…)
Not that the presenter didn’t have a clue. It was actually a very good presentation on POV (one of the best I’ve seen) — just not what I’d expected from an “advanced” class on “mastering” POV. Virtually every member of RWA knows what he taught in that class and it shocks me how new the idea of staying in one character’s head for a scene was, to many of the writers in the room. Also interesting… he suggested that if you have two main viewpoint characters, you should avoid scenes where both are present, or if such a thing cannot be avoided, you should write that scene from a third viewpoint character’s POV. He said to use one of the main viewpoint characters and not the other, but have them both in the scene would be difficult and confuse the reader.
Made me think romance and women’s fiction writers and readers must be really smart. But I already knew that.