Point of view and perspective. There’s a difference between the two.
Point of view is the manner in which the story is told by the protagonist. I generally write romance novels in first person point of view from the female and male character’s perspective, alternating chapters between the hero and the heroine.
Perspective is how the character views the scene being described. The male and female perspective differs greatly in life; therefore, it should differ greatly in writing. Men tend to focus much more on what they see and less on how they feel, while women are quite the opposite.
The differences between the two certainly don’t stop there. Statistically speaking, on average, women speak almost three times as much as men. Men, when describing an intimate scene will focus on what they’re touching, while a woman’s description of the same scene will be driven by emotion. Women view conversation as an opportunity, while men see it as a means of solving a problem.
In short, the variances between a man’s and women’s perspective are vast. Knowing the many differences between men and women, and describing the scenes from an accurate perspective are crucial in allowing the reader to see herself not only as the heroine, but as the hero.
For most women, peering through the keyhole into a man’s otherwise private life – without threat of discovery – becomes a guilty pleasure. Interest in the two lives – and two totally different perspectives – strengthens. What woman doesn’t want to know exactly what a man is thinking, feeling, and focusing on while she’s in his presence? Reading from two very accurate viewpoints allows the reader to live two lives, one almost secretly.
Writing from both perspectives isn’t difficult. For me, it’s like writing two books – one from the male’s mind and one from the woman’s. To succeed at doing so, I simply become the character.
Strong characters who are relatable maintain the reader’s interest. Soon, the pages aren’t read, they’re devoured. While reading the woman’s point of view, the reader relaxes and becomes immersed in emotion. During the hero’s chapters, the guilt for knowing not what continues to develop in the story, but what the hero thinks about the development returns.
The accuracy of the two written perspectives allows the reader to become the character.
Becoming the character allows the reader to escape life, living through the minds of two respective characters one page at a time.
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The first book in a seductive new trilogy from #1 Amazon bestselling author Scott Hildreth
Once, I took down terrorists on the front lines as a marine.
Now I’m in the business of bad.
I’ve sold guns to people others might not approve of.
I’ve eliminated the criminals, the lowlifes andÿthe thugs who’ve tread on my turf.
And I looked the Sicilian Mafia boss in the eye and told him to f*** off.
No one tells me no, unless it’s their last word.
I didn’t just act the part of bad—I lived it. Then, she stumbled into my life.
I tried to stay away from her. Tried focusing on moving my merchandise. But one smile from Terra was like a shot to the heart.
She’s mine now. And no one threatens what’s mine.
I’ve seen a lot of terrible things in my life.
I grew up around lies and deception, and I ran away from all of them.
Until I met him.
I knew he was corrupt. I knew he was dangerous.
I should have stayed away, but my attraction to him, my need for him, overrode my logic.
Now I love him.
If he finds out who I am, we’re done and I’ll be nothing.
I never wanted to be the Mafia princess they tried to make me, but mia familia had other plans. And what mia familia wants it gets.
Only Michael Tripp can save me.
Tripp and Terra’s story continues in Book Two of Mafia Made, The Game Changer
Romance Suspense [Carina Press, On Sale: August 8, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781460396865 / eISBN: 9781460396865]