1. Brenda Chin

    Character MASTER CLASS: Understanding Point of View with Brenda Chin

    Award-winning editor Brenda Chin has worked in the romance industry for more than 32 years. Throughout her many years with Harlequin, she had the opportunity to work with some of the best writers in the business, often buying their first book. Brenda is offering her expertise to help authors go...
  2. TereMichaels

    Craft Making a Good First Impression: The First Five Chapters with Tere Michaels

    Your opening chapters are a book’s first date with a reader! They’re going to make decisions on if this is the right match for them based on their first impressions. So how do we write engaging, enticing, informative first chapters that set up your story, your characters and keep readers...
  3. TashaHutchison

    All things writing Writing tools

    If you would like an easy and quick way to create your story, Wordy Writer Organizers are a great way to do so. You’ll know for sure if your story idea is strong enough to get to your resolution aka THE END. If you want to know more, sign up for our free class here on Savvy Authors!
  4. Delancey Stewart

    Craft Mastering Deep POV with Delancey Stewart

    The LIVE webinar will be presented on ZOOM. For more information on how to access Zoom for your first Zoom meeting, please check out HERE. Veteran editors Dawn and Nancy walk readers of all genres through one of the most critical concepts of storytelling -- deep POV. This is a method used to...
  5. Paris Wynters

    Craft Deep Point of View with Paris Wynters

    Deep point of view is a powerhouse in the author’s arsenal. It allows them to get readers to understand, forgive, and empathize with a character’s bad behavior. It allows an author to create odd characters who behave strangely but who still make sense to readers. But it requires digging below...
  6. JMPaquette

    Discussion Step One: Consider Point of View

    Do you have any issues with POV that you want to discuss? Now is the time!
  7. JMPaquette

    Homework Step One: Consider Point of View

    Step One: Homework 1. What POV did you use for your work? Why did you choose that POV? If you don’t have a specific reason (even if it’s “because romance novels use 1st person”), think about it. Are you satisfied with your POV choice? 2. Tough question time: Would your work be better in...
  8. Deborah Bailey

    Lecture Lecture 2 - Is First Person POV the Right One to Use?

    Lecture 2 - Is First Person POV the Right One to Use? Welcome back to the class. Perhaps you've already decided which POV to use for your WIP. If you have decided, how did you make that decision? Is it your usual POV, or was there another reason why you chose it? If you're still not sure...
  9. Deborah Bailey

    Craft Writing Your Book in First Person POV with Deb Bailey

    Writing in the first person can be challenging. But it is a great way to get your reader connected with your main character right away. In order to write in first person POV, it's best to have a distinctive voice that engages the reader. In this class we'll cover some important points for...
  10. Stephanie.

    Craft A Heartened Deep POV with Stephanie Spann

    Have you ever added the old, “heart skipped a beat,” cliché to your manuscripts? (Raising my hand.) I mean, of course, this and similar phrases are convenient ways to share the emotions behind romantic thrills or devastating defeats that your characters face. But, everyone has a different...
  11. LC Hayden

    Lecture Characters Lesson 5: None Viewpoint Character’s Problems

    Characters Lesson 5: None Viewpoint Character’s Problems One problem that several writers encounter is not knowing how to reveal what the non-point of view characters feel or think. Obviously, what you as the author don’t want to do is to change viewpoints so you can let the reader know...
  12. shannon donnelly


    POV Workshop LECTURE 8 – Deep POV Deep POV, the opposite of floating POV, is about reader immersion. By deep, I mean viewpoint that is locked within a character. This means locked right behind that character's eyes and within that character's head and emotions. Deep POV can be locked in...
  13. shannon donnelly

    Homework POV - Exercise 4

    POV EXERCISE 4 The first part of this exercise is to write very bad viewpoint (bad writing teaches as much as good). So in the first part, write a scene. You must have at least two people in the scene, but three or more works, too. And you must jump all over the place with viewpoint--with...
  14. shannon donnelly


    POV Workshop LECTURE 6 – Changing viewpoint – Part 2 Viewpoint transitions are sometimes called "head-hopping" when there are a lot of viewpoint switches within a scene, or when the writer jumps from one character’s thoughts to another’s without smoothing the transition. But do remember this...
  15. shannon donnelly


    POV Workshop LECTURE 5--Changing viewpoint When you want to transition viewpoint, this is a place where you can lose your reader. It's a lot like a baton hand-off in a relay race--if you fumble the handoff, things get dropped. The reader may even drop out of your story. There are techniques...
  16. shannon donnelly

    Homework Point of View - Exercise 2

    POV EXERCISE 2 The idea of this exercise is to practice your own control of POV. POV is one of the most powerful tools you'll have as a writer--but it's like having a power saw. This means you can do a lot with it, and it also means it can slip out of your control and create a mess. That's...
  17. shannon donnelly


    POV Workshop LECTURE 4 – How to know when POV is slipping First person point of view is pretty easy to stay in. You are locked into one character's view of the world. In Bridget Jones Diary, an added device is used—that of making the novel into diary entries. This idea has been around for a...
  18. shannon donnelly


    POV Workshop LECTURE 3 – Which Character’s Eyes to Use Let's start digging deeper into POV and talk about how to put it to use. One of the biggest questions you’ll have when you sit down to write is: which character do you use to tell the story? There's actually a simple answer—you want to...
  19. shannon donnelly


    POV Workshop LECTURE 1 – TYPES OF POV Point of view can be confusing for many writers. One of the main reasons for this is that point of view can be closely tied to a writer’s own “voice”. If you read the works of Douglas Adams, the point of view is distinctive as is the writer’s voice. The...
  20. shannon donnelly

    Discussion Point of View Workshop - Introduction

    Point of View - Introduction Let's start with a disclaimer—I am not a POV purist. I'm probably going to sound like one, but really I'm fine with viewpoint shifts in a story, so long as they work. But I think most folks use the "I'm not a purist" line as an excuse not to master POV...