Great insight! I loved this consideration:
“With only two perspectives, there are things the reader may miss – whether those things are essential to the story might be another question.”
It’s so true. With deep pov, the story is very limited, but that often is what makes it so compelling. It allows the reader to truly feel like there is absolutely no other way they could experience the story. And how cool is that?
Also, love this:
“Deep POV would enhance this story. It’s an emotional journey.”
Whose story is this? (Who are readers supposed to care about?)
The story belongs to Maleko Hale and Rebecca Stowers
Is there more than one character whose story this is? Do they need their POV to be featured just as heavily as the other(s)?
Yes, the story is from both the hero and heroine’s POV and both POV are necessary.
If we limit the book through only a few POVs, what, if anything, will readers not learn that is essential to the story?
Readers will learn everything essential to the story from either Maleko or Rebecca’s POV.
Do they need to learn this information before (or in a different way than) the character does?
What genre is your book? Who is the main audience?
Book is a contemporary romance and the main audience is romance readers.
Is Deep POV a common method of writing in your genre/audience?
What are the benefits of having such a limited perspective for your story?
A limited perspective of the story really allows the reader to “get to know” the characters–what they are thinking, why they feel that way, and how they feel.
What are the cons?
The reader only gets these two perspectives. If either character misses anything in the environment, so does the reader.
Is your narrator (POV character) reliable or unreliable?
Yes, both characters are reliable though obviously biased by their own experiences.
How would Deep POV enhance your story?
The reader will connect with the characters–really understand them on a deeper level as to why they react a certain way to situations or what motivates them.
How would Deep POV limit your story?
See the cons above. With only two perspectives, there are things the reader may miss – whether those things are essential to the story might be another question.
Bonus Q: What does your gut say about using Deep POV in this book?
Deep POV would enhance this story. It’s an emotional journey.
What is the consensus? Should your story be in Deep POV? And how many POV characters are absolutely necessary?
Katie McCoach, Instructor
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