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Old January 29 2014, 01:14 AM   #96
Greg Cox
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Re: Writing questions

BrentMc wrote: View Post
What is the most important lesson you learned as a writer?
When determining who the POV character is in any given scene, go for the character who is under the most stress, physically or emotionally. I use this rule every day and it works 90% percent of the time.

(A notable exception: murder mysteries, where often you can't go into the heads of certain characters without giving things away. Makes POV issues more complicated.)

To give credit where it's due, I learned this from the late Terry Carr, a veteran sf editor and author, and privately think of it as "Terry's Rule."
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