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Deep P.O.V. and Sensual Writing

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert Olen Butler says, "... in the work of art the most important moments are the most sensual of all, the most in the moment." I believe this quote fits the subject of "deep point of view."  Emotion is best captured with the senses. Those experiences that originate from our unconscious and are described through the senses best capture deep POV.

One night, I was awakened, unsure why, and opened my door to absolute silence, the darkness lit up by a full moon, strong shadows thrown across the lawn, the driveway, and the street. Not only that night, but the next morning, I had a strong compulsion to write that scene. It wasn't only the strong visuals, but my deep inner reaction to this middle of the night experience that shouted for literary expression.

Use of tags, analysis, and summarization veer from the artistic expression of  a scene. They take away from "in the moment" sensual writing. Those things also prevent the writer from moving from simple telling of an experience to allowing the unconscious to guide its direction. There are important places in our story where we must turn from writing from the mind and instead capture the deep POV where the reader will be caught up in our story, experiencing it personally deep in their being. First, the writer needs to be in that place.

It's been two years since that night, but the impression remains strong. I jotted this in my writer's notebook, though this was one of those rare times that I haven't needed my notebook to nudge the memory. A jotted note lies on my desk reminding me to write this scene into my current manuscript. This blog is my note to self: don't forget this when you sit down to write that scene.