#Writing Craft: book review of WRITING DEEP POINT OF VIEW by Rayne Hall

I though I would share with you a review I did earlier today, and suggest that if you haven’t yet discovered Rayne Hall’s Writing Craft books, you might like to take a look.

This one is the newly published thirteenth volume, and other titles in the series include:

  • Writing Vivid Settings
  • Why does my book not sell?
  • Writing Fight Scenes
  • Twitter for Writers
  • Writing about Villains
  • The Word Loss Diet

These books are not aimed at beginners, but at authors who want to improve their craft. They are succinct and brimming with knowledge from an author of more than 50 books.

I consider myself a fair writer, and I learn something from every one.

So without further ado, here is my review:

Writing Deep Point Of View: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 13)Writing Deep Point Of View: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors by Rayne Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the thirteenth book in Rayne Hall’s Writer’s Craft Book Series, and like the others, it does what it says on the tin.
As an author, writing in deep point of view is a skill you will probably want to master, as it gives readers the most intense experience, allowing them not just to read about characters, but to inhabit their thoughts and emotions; to ‘become’ the character. This depth of identity with a fictional character is what makes the book live in a reader’s mind long after they’ve finished it, and drives them back for more as soon as they can get their hands on your next novel.
Using examples and exercises split into simple-to-follow categories, Hall makes the whole process simple to understand and execute. It isn’t a book for total beginners, rather for those ready to improve and expand their writing skills, so if that’s you, I’d advise you to grab a copy now.
On a personal level as a writer of fantasy novels, I found the chapters on character, sensory and gender filters (chapters 4 – 6) of particular interest, plus those on character thoughts and emotions (chapters 9 and 11), and I know I will be returning often to chapter 17, and its handy list of word choices.

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8 thoughts on “#Writing Craft: book review of WRITING DEEP POINT OF VIEW by Rayne Hall

    • They are rarely at the top of my TBR list either, but Rayne’s are a quick read and well worth the time investment.
      Hmm, just remembered I have at least one of this series still sitting there unread.
      Off to rectify that…

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  1. I’ve been pondering this exact subject for some time, and I appreciate hearing your thoughts on the book, Deborah. I think I’m going to get it tonight. Now when I’ll be able to read it will be the tricky part. But soon, because I’d like to have a better understanding of some of these concepts. Thanks so much for sharing your review with us! 🙂

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  2. Spot on Deborah. I was introduced to Rayne’s writing craft books a while ago and I’m always recommending them to writers. For the small amount of money they cost and their quick easy to read format, they are a gold mine of information. Writers; Don’t be frightened to discover new techniques and ways to improve your craft, read Rayne’s books now.

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  3. Books on the craft of writing are always great reads in “my book.” For authors who care about their work, writing is an apprenticeship that never ends. Thanks for sharing!

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    • I totally agree. It’s the same in my day job – learning to ride and train horses is a never-ending education, and that’s a large part of its fascination. When we stop learning, we stagnate.


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