Turning Readers Into Writers

132 - Writing In The Very Close Third Person Point Of View, with Fran Hawthorne

November 10, 2022 Emma Dhesi, Fran Hawthorne Season 1 Episode 132
Turning Readers Into Writers
132 - Writing In The Very Close Third Person Point Of View, with Fran Hawthorne
Show Notes

In this episode:

Fran Hawthorne knew right from the beginning she was going to be a writer and even sent in her first submission at the age of eight.

After college, Fran worked for an award-winning chain of weeklies in Silicon Valley.

Fran tells me about her new novel, I Meant To Tell You and we discuss some of the themes and questions behind the book, which explores the nature of secrets and how much one person is willing to do for another.

She talks about her favoured point of view to write, which is a very close third-person. With this style, she omits all intermediary verbs such as she saw or she heard. 

What Fran Hawthorne likes about this is how honest and immediate the voice is. This style brings the reader right into the scene, almost removing the narrator. She enjoys how clean this style is and that there are no wasted words. 

We go on to talk about the business of submitting and publishing, and Fran shares her experiences of finding an agent and working with publishers.

Finally, we talk about how Fran shapes her day, so she can fit in everything that is important to her. For Fran, the day starts with a run, then she focuses on the small jobs that need doing before feeling free enough to be creative knowing that all her chores are completed.

This is the perfect listen for you if you’re stuck in your wip and want to try writing Fran’s very close third pov (she shares an extract from her novel as an example).


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