Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Insecure Writers Support Group: I'm still pondering deep POV.

 Really, this is not being lazy about posting something new, it's where I'm at for a time in my head, pondering deeply, deep-POV.  I also thought, due to so many authors lately seem to have become interested again in this subject- as I am,  I decided to make this 'a repost' for the group. After all, this is no simple matter. This stuff takes a while to sink in. So the more versions we have to understand this- the better!

Is your published novel a good example of deep POV? If so, you just might make a sale today from a curious author/reader when you leave a comment here today. You have got to admit, it does make for a good sales pitch!

Thanks guys! Happy Blog hopping- I'll be seeing you around!

Pondering - deep POV.

So, today I'm giving out reminders to some great links to these deep POV examples and their meanings, by showcasing two authors who both have novels out this month -who use deep POV in their novels.

Before re-editing some of my 'other' novels, I hope by then, some of these 'deep POV' examples rubs off on me. For now, I'm still soaking it up, pondering deeply. It will be a good thing to grasp completely, and know where to use it, and add them before my final umpteenth draft.

For the most part it's really to just become more aware when and where I'm doing this- already. As for the first draft, I will just write away, as usual, any -old how. Although I hear it isn't neccesary to add 'deep POV' often, one should know when and where to use it. Using 'deep POV' in one's novel is to make your characters stand out just a little more for the reader, so they fall in love with them more, or at least come to know them better, as one practices the art of show and don't tell.

Here are few links with some great examples that I've checked out today, for those writers who are just finding out what it all means, or for those who feel they need this reminder to brush up their present, or next novel. You might want to book mark it, as you might want to refer to it at times.


Pamela S. Meyers expresses deep POV in a few, good, simple examples at seriouslywrite. Her latest novel titled, THYME FOR LOVE was just out this November 2011. 

How Deep POV Helped Me Achieve Publication by Pamela S. Meyers

Click on link below, for the long version review by Angie Arndt from her blog; joy on the back roads. I quote a line here from her review.

Pamela S. Meyers’ use of deep point-of-view and descriptive techniques drew me into the book and didn’t let me go.

As well as being good reads, to read these mentioned  authors books, might proove to be good examples to understanding deep POV,

Camy Tang has a great link on deep POV. She has written a series on this subject. It's an old link, but very 'now', and worth checking it out to book mark it.

Camy Tang also has her latest novel out today 2011, titled, Protection For Hire. To read up on her book excerpt launch, snip bits, and other buyers links, click here at her site called Camy's Loft:

Buy at Amazon:

My inspiration for this blog came from The writers alley.
(Inspirational Tips right up your alley.)

They also have some really great helpful comments and links on this very subject, and they are really a nice bunch to hook up with.

What is Your Novel Missing? Deep POV

I have Cindy R. Wilson to thank for this blog, and for igniting my flame to write it actually. She is also an aspiring author,  She is one of the contributers at The writers Alley. It was through her other blog at blogspot I found The Writers Alley.  Cindy has a wonderful blog that is very helpful for writers in their novel process, from the Anatomy of a scene, to plotting your novel, and much more.  So do check out her side bar on her blog. I hope you find it helpful in your novel process.

Cindy is a very interesting lady. Check out this link where she was interviewed on all the many books she has written.

Feel free to mention your own novel, or someone else's novel, or another blog in the comments section,  if you think it is a good example of deep POV.

Good luck to you all! No doubt, before long, all this deep POV, will sink in...


Previous blog post comments on this subject:

Thank you so much for the mention, Jacqueline! You're right, deep POV really sucks the reader in and can be very effective for mysteries, thrillers, romances, etc. I need to go back through my work-in-progress and take the point of view deeper, too. Thanks again and good luck with your writing!

Angie Arndt

Jacqueline, it was great to hear from you and thanks so much for the shout out. I love when we writers can help each other out. Deep POV used to be a challenging concept for me, and I'm still learning. I get to put it to use with my WIP pretty soon once I start editing it. Can't wait! I hope you have a great week!

Cindy R Wilson

Thanks so much for mentioning both my book and my articles, Jacqueline! Camy

Camy Tang

I LOVE writing in Deep POV. To me, it's as close as 1st person. I've got a handout on my blog, and will be doing a class in February at Savvy Authors if anyone's interested. Terry

Although I don't always do it, I also love writing deep POV. Thanks for the examples and links.

Lynda R Young.

Deep POV is great; I really enjoy it. Thanks for the book suggestions on it!

Talli Rolland.

Hello! Thanks for the links, I'll have to go and check them out.

Michelle Dennis Evans.

hey! now i've got me some reading to do *grin*... thanks for the links. and your visit and comment. much appreciated!


I've never heard of 'deep pov,' before. Perhaps I simply call it something else, like multi-dimensional characterization. Nancy

Nancy R. Williams.



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Sunday, November 13, 2011

What I use to look like in my teens and twenties.

I was going through old photos, and was taken back by this collage of me in my mid-teens and twenties. Oh -what memories and stories some of them do tell!
It's funny looking back at old photos. I'm now fifty seven. While taking a good look at my aging process, and these so called more mellow years that I have now reached, I often wonder who she is- or was. I'm not going to go deep into it today, but I thought I would share!  The one thing that hasn't changed since those days for me- is my weight. I'm still a petite little thing!

Some people ask me, what the best years were. I often thought my vibrant teens and twenties, where seemingly one hasn't a care in the world. Do I have any regrets? Gee, that's a tough question- really! Growing up is no easy pie. Although it was innocent and so very frightening at times, I'm amazed how bold my behaviour was in my teens. And yet, on the other hand, I was so introverted and shy. And that part no one seems to believe. Well, I most certainly did it my way. But, I have to say, I would have done things differently. Many of you- I know, wouldn't change a thing. Wisdom tells me, not to have regrets. So, I try to change my perspective, and turn it around- in order to think every age should be viewed as a blessing. This I can only say now, as I realize how time is so very fleeting.

Do you have old pictures of yourself that you can hardly relate with anymore? What was it that surfaced for you from various passages of your own life? Or how much of it did you manage to write into short stories or books?

I hope to catch up on some reading. Later, I hope to take a walk to the beach. It's such a fine day
 here in Florida. Low 80's is heaven! It will be this way- all week!

What-ever you're doing, try to enjoy some small moments in the Now! Even if it's just cooking or cleaning. After-all, that's all we have!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spiced Coffee Break and Great Sightings.

It's the last day to get Jessica Bell's soundtrack "Melody Hill: On the other side."  for free with a purchase of  her book String Bridge. Please be sure to email her your receipt: jessica.carmen.bell(at)

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Product Description:
Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a 'proper' career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage--and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits...

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"Poet and musician Jessica Bell's debut novel String Bridge is a rich exploration of desire, guilt, and the difficult balancing act of the modern woman. The writing is lyrical throughout, seamlessly integrating setting, character and plot in a musical structure that allows the reader to identify with Melody's growing insecurity as her world begins to unravel ... String Bridge is a powerful debut from a promising writer, full of music, metaphor, and just a hint of magic." ~Magdalena Ball, author of Repulsion Thrust and Sleep Before Evening

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Jessica Bell grew up in Melbourne, Australia, to two gothic rock musicians who had successful independent careers during the '80s and early '90s. She spent much of her childhood travelling to and from Australia to Europe, experiencing two entirely different worlds, yet feeling equally at home in both environments. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and works as a freelance writer/editor for HarperCollins, Hellenic American Union, Cengage Learning, Pearson Education, Education First, Signature Manuscripts. Jessica Bell has published a book of poetry called Twisted Velvet Chains. A full list of poems and short stories published in various anthologies and literary magazines can be found on her website. Additionally, she has written various English textbook materials and is also a singer/songwriter/guitarist. Ms. Bell's experience as an Australian living in Greece has greatly influenced her writing.

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Have a great weekend


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Where does your burning fire of inspiration come from?

Do you think it has its season?
Some of my best moments writing are done with such discipline. Taking a nice walk is as important as part of the writers routine, and looking back they click as being some of my very best memories. I remember I use to carry salami sticks and bread in my pocket, and hike up a mountain or to a good stretch of beach, or loose myself in the trees or bike somewhere far to take in breath-taking scenery. Looking back, it’s what being a writer is really all about-mostly, when submerged into solitude as its process. I would return home hungry and look forward to eating before starting another session. And yes, cooking can also help in the process. Just the homely smells of food, especially on a cold day makes you want to create that safe cocoon about yourself. For some of you, I know its music.
But do writers really need to be alone? It’s amazing how we can be so sociable in this new tech age of blogs, twitter and face-book. Some I hear need the noise and hectic combustion of people about them. I’ve heard some sit in busy train stations or airports to pick up that energy to write something down. Sometimes one can thrive on chaos. Mostly for me I’m inspired immersed in the solitude of nature. I have been known to take sporadic moments off to my car to write in my note-books, during a break at work. Some I’m sure have switched their computer screens from office work to their word story they were working on. Sometimes it might be star-bucks or a library for a change for some, or just to get away from the noise that is at home with family by transforming one noise for another. Other times it’s just a simple balance requirement, a new perspective that one needs to reach first.
Writers are also sensitive. I have been convinced at times I shouldn’t write, when I need to concentrate on certain realities that need my immediate attention about me. Things that should be top priority, before my writing, like survival. But when nothing is moving in me- nothing gets done. And then out of the blue one’s writing appears again, saying, ‘I’m top priority, not the other stuff in reality I’m worried about.’
My fears take over and nervousness runs through me, and I’m filled with anxiety and I’m probably watching another re-run by now of the Kardasians, or it’s another cooking show, or the home buyer’s channel. Living on the edge, trying to fight- not to write, is hell. I tell myself, that there is no time for the writer right now. I must do these other things first, but the other things continue to hide. I make no lee-way with them, but now the writer is allowed TIME?
Either way, I seem to be in a dilemma, so, If I’m allowed to write suddenly- then I write, and voila, I feel happy again. That strange feeling in my gut has gone, and I can say at this point, what ever comes, I will deal with it when it shows up. All which seems to need another kind of inspiration to address those other matters now placed on the back burner again. Quite a writers process, eh?
Other times I could just be sitting quietly on the house porch with my coffee, where no note-pad is necessary and walk back inside the house to jot down notes. This has been my way mostly these days since social internet took over. But it’s the very alone moments I seem to remember mostly where I thrive in writing, when I capture the sky in a certain way, or light passing through a forest- that brings that feeling of being so alive, or reflections in the water. Feeling the chill or a warm sun and the walk home satisfied, knowing I had written so many words that morning. I would then take a substantial lunch before the next session of writing began. If I was really immersed in the writing process, I would take another short evening walk and get a third session in before the day was out, and then start all over again the next day.
But really, where does inspiration come from? And does it also have its seasons? Do you think evolution has a play in it? I have known those long periods with writing absolutely nothing too. Waiting for inspiration sometimes it’s dark and deep, or it can make you feel hopeless and drive you nuts. It can feel you have stewed forever, while learning to grow another inch or two before any inspiration returned. Maybe we need to know that other side of the coin to get inspiration. Sometimes it feels like a complete letting go is required. How many weeks or months or years elapsed for you without writing? Did you ever give up thinking you would ever write again, or even want to? What was it that hindered you?
Was it just your basic survival in these economic times? Does inspiration take faith?
To quote some passages from the bible.
A cool inspirational link that is relevant:
Matthew 6:26   Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:27   Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Then out of the blue, a little angel sprinkles inspiration dust all over you?
Suddenly you are actually writing words down again in a rush of excitement, that you can’t get them down fast enough. Did it make you suddenly feel so alive? How did that happen for you?
From whence it comes and whence it goes- I do not know, but did you ever thank that wondrous presence called inspiration after? Who and what is inspiration to you?

Jacqueline Howett

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Here's a book recommendation guys! Rock The Casbah By Robin Wright.

Given to reflections on the Arab world, this was a book I had seen around for a while, but it wasn't until it really came to my attention while watching T.V. and Charlie Rose was interviewing the author Robin Wright on her  book "Rock The Casbah," that I felt compelled to recommend it. And I think we have Charlie Rose to thank for bringing out the best in this author with all that is hope and light. She relates so well to what's going on in the Arab world, and I can say, I feel it has a wonderful refreshing view point- so spot on. She certainly has her finger on the pulse of the Arab world. She also speaks in simple terms that makes it all so easily understood, where others have failed to give such clarity in their feed back. I believe her book is a great stepping stone towards a clearer understanding, and it just might bring a more open re pore with the Arab world. There are so many nuggets to digest, like, "how it will take the Arabs a while as yet to arrive, and when they do, they will do it their way."

To quote here a sentence from her book, 

Two of the men were smoking hubbly-bubbly water pipes, "The jihadis have lost their appeal," reflected Khaled Al Maeena, the editor of the Arab news. 
     "Every mother in Saudi Arabia or any other Gulf country wants her son or daughter to carry a laptop rather than a rifle or a dagger," he said. "The appeal of death and destruction doesn't carry much significance anymore because the jihadis have failed to provide anything constructive."
The transformation did not happen suddenly.

To read more from the above excerpt, click here to read it on Amazon or download a free sample.

Why do we need to understand?
We need to feel comforted by the positive side to an extent- don't we? With this kind of understanding many might consider taking off their own army boots now. And who better to explain this, than Robin Wright- once you get to know her. Yes, many like myself are just beginning to play catch-up.

To know more about Robin or follow her links, please click on the wikipedia link below, or simply click on the guest/view link she had with Charlie Rose on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Jacqueline Howett

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sorry, for not being around much lately!

Here on the beach, you'll see plenty of mail boxes painted this way! (C) Photo by jacqueline Howett

My computer has been running real slow, and hasn't allowed me to comment much on your blogs. I hope to sort it out soon! It has however, given me time to do other things for a change, and to reflect on every day things that have been neglected so long. I am kind of enjoying this new phase with not being online so much. Well, whatever you're doing, have a great weekend!

(C)  Photo by Jacqueline Howett  


Monday, August 15, 2011

I could sure do with some comments at Amazon or Smashwords from those who enjoy my poetry!

My poetry E-book Amorphous Angelic is free at Smashwords this week in most formats.Grab a copy while you can- Enjoy!

Here's the link to my free E-book:

I've decided to keep my poetry free for the rest of the week. I know many of you have enjoyed my poetry, and for those of you who do enjoy my poems, I hope you can take the time to leave a comment of my book, now that it is free, and give it your star rating at Amazon, in hope to balance things out with the present 5 graffiti comments I can't seem to rid of for the moment, that occured from my mishap in March.

I can't unpublish the book due to it being published in soft cover prior, and someone has taken upon themselves to try and sell copies for $99 dollars on my site. Ridiculous that Amazon allows it!   However, I do hope to solve this soon with Amazon, but its a process.

Meanwhile, some real comments and stars will help the ratings of my poetry book. Thanks guys! J.H.

If you like, you can also leave a comment at Smashwords.

Really, I appreciate the time you put into this!

Ebook Description

Amorphous Angelic, selected poems by Jacqueline Howett are metaphysical poems of wisdom, death, rebirth, the inner workings of the souls journey. Love, inspiration, wonder, visions, hope, faith &, connecting to the higher self. They speak of the sad & strange, and elevating out of darkness to reveal the mystery of life. Written in England, before Howett moved to America.


There I seek you along your way,
A troubled heart, no longer say,
You did your best in those dread times,
And now you rest in heavens chimes,
Gone has the wind of yesteryear,
Far in the echoes that you seer,
Another hand awaits your love,
Through passing clouds appears a dove,
With a message from above.

Copyright © 1983-2011 Jacqueline Howett


A new life blooms in heavens light,
Across horizons, love takes flight,
Eternal brightness, loves kindness,
Your heart moves amongst the righteous,
New songs you sing and act the part,
With divine presence in your heart,
With all nobleman, kings and queens,
Shine your presence in their esteem,
Heavens powers your life redeems.

Copyright © 1983-2011 Jacqueline Howett


A clear pure way your soul now tread,
A guiding star your heart has wed,
Your find another in God’s state,
Have ‘faith’ along the road that waits,
Heaven opens to you her gates,
Where ‘hope’ and ‘faith’ meet now your fate,
This is a new life for your sake,
To you God gives,
For man to take.

Copyright © 1983-2011 Jacqueline Howett


Now love has bloomed in heavens light,
Happiness prevails, future flight,
Know and reap spiritual delights,
Mortal men that praise in your sight,
Immortal blessings amidst flesh,
Spirits hold power with life and death,
To hold Gods love is your request,
Rise to a higher consciousness.

Copyright © 1983-2011 Jacqueline Howett


Hold faith with souls amidst the vastness,
Waiting to be comforted through being,
A movement contemplates human kindness,
Bringing Gods powerful plans to rejoice,
With the bliss of heaven who comforts,
Stars explode to bring ripples of news to human ears,
And the universe delights.

Copyright © 1983-2011 Jacqueline Howett

Have a nice week!