Making My Writing Deep 3rd POV

A submissions editor once told me to tighten up my manuscript before submitting. I had no idea what that meant. I'm still learning. However, one thing I struggle through is reducing the amount of filter words in my work.

What are filter words? Basically, any word that separates the reader from the character. Here's a starter list:
  • see 
  • hear
  • think
  • touch
  • wonder
  • realize
  • watch
  • look
  • seem
  • feel
  • can
  • decide
  • sound
  • know
  • notice
  • experience
One small example...

Instead of using"see," just write what the character sees.

Go from...
He saw the cat climb up the tapestry.

The cat climbed up the tapestry.

Removing filter words from my work has been both the toughest and most rewarding work I've done as a writer. The result is tighter, crisper prose. The trick is to begin thinking that way. I'm still figuring things out as I continue on my journey as a writer in pursuit of deep third person POVs.


Introducing Margaret Brown...

Margaret Brown is a poet from Philadelphia. She attends numerous open mics in the area and has organized her own events. Please read below to learn about this remarkable woman.

1) Given the tendency for authors to have many favorite books, what a favorite book of yours?
     - My favorite book is "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker.

2) Besides reading/writing, what do you like to do for fun?
     - Besides writing, I like to do crafts, bowl and bake.

3) What/Who inspired you to write?
     - My brother inspired me to write.

4) How many projects have you completed/published?
     - I have ten projects completed, eight published and one chapbook with other poets.

5) What are their genres?
     - My genre is poetry.

6) What’s your most/least favorite thing about being a writer?
     - My biggest lesson learned from being a published writer was choosing the right publisher.

7) What do you consider as the biggest lesson learned from being a published writer?
     - I've learned to read the fine print, do the research on publishers and ask established authors.

8) Any final words?
     - Readers can find my writings on my fan page on facebook "Margaret's Writings", Amazon  and B&N.

9) Where can readers find your writings? (online and brick/mortar bookstores)
     - Fans can fine my writings on Margaret Writing's on Facebook, AmazonTwitter, Instagram B&N.

10) Where can fans find you online?
     - FB fan page: Margaret's Writings