The Process: EDITING: Dialogue & Point of View

To continue with my basic thoughts about reviewing and editing your first (or second) manuscript draft, I want to focus on dialogue and Point Of View (POV) this time.

It is important that your reader understand whose “eyes” and “thoughts” the story is being seen through. This is also a tricky part of writing for the author. It is so easy to slip from one character’s “head” to another without meaning to do so. Yes, you can use more than one POV in a story, but you must be careful about doing that. Only do that if you have a real purpose for letting the reader experience the story from more than one person’s viewpoint.

Watching how the dialogue is written, as well as proper use of dialogue tags, is very important, too.

As always, I have added the article on EDITING: Dialogue and Point of View to the Writing Tips on this blog and to the Writing Tools on my website.

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