Writing romance with convincing, relatable Deep POV starts before you type a single word. Even if you're a total pantser. It can be hard to find quality Deep POV writing exercises, so read on for your daily writing boost!
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Before you write a single word in Deep POV...
When you're writing Deep POV, it is vital to know your characters as well as you know yourself... perhaps even moreso.
So how do you get to know your characters on a soul-deep level? You've gotta be nosy and intrusive and all up in their business.
I recommend putting together a Character Profile for any story you write. Whether you do this before you start the first draft or after you've hit a snag doesn't matter—the timing is up to you. But sometimes, even a Character Profile doesn't dig deep enough.
Follow this pre-Deep POV Checklist:
To dive down deep into what really drives your characters, you'll have to get a little dirty (emotionally speaking). Follow this checklist to knock loose some new inspirations for your story and character arcs.
- 1What happened to your character(s) in the past that still haunts them today? How does that event continue to affect the way they live their life?
- 2What are your characters trying to achieve when the story starts? Are they trying to avoid something or attain something? Maintain the status quo?
- 3What does your character NEED in order to become a better version of themself? Are they pursing a goal that subverts that need or actively tries to address it? Are they acting out of fear or courage?
- 4What is the one thing your character is terrified to face? How can you work that into your story? How will the character react when it happens? What other story events will unfold?
- 5Do your two romantic leads have conflicting goals? Or are they working together toward something? What would happen if one of them suddenly changed directions mid-story?
- 6Is there any specific object or place that holds emotional importance for your character(s)? What might happen, and how might they feel, if they were exposed to it now?
After you've worked through the questions above—the downloadable worksheet (below!) on this article has fillable answer fields, so you can do it right now, from your computer or phone—put your checklist research to work in this Deep POV Writing Exercise (click).
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Looking for more Deep POV checklist resources? In this article, author Juliette Wade gives some excellent suggestions for how to tweak your Deep POV writing at the line level.
So here's your action plan for getting started writing better Deep Point of View:
- 1Use my checklist (above!) to get into the right headspace to write in Deep POV.
- 2Follow this creative writing prompt to write the first draft of a character exploration scene
- 3Then refine your scene using the line editing checklist outlined in Juliette's article.
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