Friday, May 4
POV: How Deep Are You Willing To Go?
I turned in my final edits for Life After a couple of days ago. The suggestions from my editor were pretty simple. They made sense and I finished them all in a couple of hours. All except one. As a matter of fact, this one suggestion took two days! There's a scene where the heroine is seeing her own death through somone elses eyes. She sees her own dead body, lying on top of a car, her bloody mangled face plastered to the windsheild, her eyes open and lifeless. I glossed over it, and my editor noticed. She thought I should delve into what the character was feeling at the sight of her own dead body. I had trouble with this. I couldn't imagine it. I kept telling myself, it's not your own death, it's Kalyste (heroine in the story). But aren't our characters a part of us? I've never thought of my own death. It's completely morbid. I tried everything from meditation to falling asleep while Final Destination was in the DVD player. That was going to an extreme. I never watch horror movies when I'm sleepy because I end up having nightmares. My husband thought I was going crazy when I suggested he put the movie in as soon as I started drifting off. I slept like a baby that night. Well, the scene is written now, and I can relax. My editor thought it worked. I had to be willing to step way out of my comfort zone. Bad asses I can do, no problem. Tortured characters? Bring 'em on! Facing your own death? Not so easy. I'm interested to know if any of you had to go into deep pov when it wasn't comfortable. What was the whackiest thing you ever did to get into deep pov? What was the story? Are you willing to do it again?