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Point of View Snob

When I wrote my first book, I committed a cardinal sin I didn’t even realize. I head-hopped. I was in everybody’s head. It took awhile for me to understand this whole concept of point of view and even now sometimes I have to stop and think as I write: Whose head am I in right now? So I only describe the experiences of that particular person.

 

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Point of View Police. As I’ve read stories I’ve become very tuned into point of view issues. Sometimes they come in sneakily. Sally’s face turned red. Well, that’s fine if you’re in Kenny’s head but not if you are in Renee’s. Her face can grow warm. She can realize a tendency to blush but she can’t actually see it unless she’s looking in the mirror. As an editor now it is my job to catch these sneaky little devils and work with the author to give them a quick and functional death. Muwhahaha!

But now I’ve crossed a line. Yup. I have. I’ve written several manuscripts and have read hundreds of stories and now have even edited a nice little number.

I am now a Point of view snob. It’s true. I prefer third person point of view. It’s nice. You can have more than one person in a story and I find it easier to write as well as connect with the characters.

First person point of view drives me nuts. Oh, there are some great stories (and I’ve contracted some) that have this perspective and those writers almost trick me. Not sure how they do it, but they do. One was cool in that it went from first person for the lead character and then flipped to third person for the secondary one. Kind of a cool thing but not a device I would recommend to become standard.

First person is hard because it generally limits the author to one point of view, for the entire book. *yawn*.  In a first person point of view manuscript the most commonly used word is I.

Funny that I’m writing this blog post in first person. But this is a little different. It’s not fiction. These are my thoughts. And the word I is used in third person too during dialogue when they switch to first person as they talk. I also enjoy personal letters in a story that is third person. It adds variety!

Generally first person POV rubs the wrong way because as a kid (and adult) I’m reminded that the world isn’t about me. That I shouldn’t always be so self focused and never write everything with lots of “I”.

One author told me first person was a deeper point of view. Maybe, but in some ways it can make a character whiny and narcissistic if the author is not careful. Or redundant. How many of my thoughts and concerns are replays or rehashing of things that have happened? Well, that’s fine for our daily life, but boring for the reader.

In most cases, I connect better with the heart of third person POV characters. And I like the diversity of other perspectives too. It adds more drama in my opinion.

So what is your favorite point of view? I mentioned past tense . . . let’s not even get into present tense points of view for fiction . . . shoot me now.

Are you a point of view snob? What kind of perspective do you like reading from?

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Coffee Snob

I drank my first cup of coffee this year in January.  My friend who was with me at McDonald’s laughed but congratulated me at not making a face.  I don’t know how many packets of Stevia it took (it was a lot for that little cup), but I managed to get that cup drained.

My Great-Grandmother once asked me if I drank coffee.  “Nope, don’t like it.” Her wise response, “When you grow up, you will.”  My dislike of coffee was so bad that I couldn’t even stand coffee breath.  I would not kiss my husband if he had drunk coffee.  We do not own a coffee pot.  I am a total loser if you ask me to brew some at church. So yes, I was a coffee prude.

So I’m in my forties and only now “growing up!”

I’ve found that I can tolerate flavored coffee.  Butternut Rum, Highlander Grogg, Vanilla Nut and my current favorite: French Caramel Crème. No sugar added – Stevia only.  No cream or milk.

I’ve tried the offerings at coffee shops.  Not fond of espresso.  Many others I’ve tried I’ve struggled to down (even with adding my ever handy Stevia).

So now my friend Lisa says I’ve become a coffee “ snob.”  It’s true. I have.  Plain coffee just doesn’t do it for me.  I can go for certain frapps, but not a cappuccino or espresso.  Latte’s are tolerable.  I’ve gone from prude to snob.

Someone asked me why I started to drink coffee.  It’s simple. I used to drink spiced chai. It was “my thing” every morning.  A whole lotta sugar. A little caffeine.  Great flavor.  As I embarked on a new diet, that was “out” and I was looking for a no calorie substitution that could carry me into the future.  Regular tea didn’t satisfy me in the morning – not enough body or what have you.  So I tried coffee and here I am, every morning with my French Press and flavors.  Don’t really even need the caffeine to be honest – just something hot to drink, take the edge off the hunger and warm me up as I sit with God in the morning before the kids are up.

So there you have it. My name is Susan M. Baganz and I’m a coffee snob.  I still enjoy a cup of chai every once and awhile and love that Starbucks has low cal offerings using Stevia so I can enjoy fun stuff at times without worrying I’m going to go up two dress sizes. Will I ever grow up enough to like just regular coffee?  I’m not sure. Part of it is the smell.  Flavored coffees also smell wonderful (to me), and that’s half the battle with the taste.  How about you?  How do you take your coffee (if at all!)?  Any suggestions on a favorite coffee drink you think I should try?