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First third person point of view

The Flower Show was marred by the storm in the week before and the flowers growing outside had taken a beating but as in the fictional Cairndhu, the show bounces back and the vegetables were mind boggling. I have attached a pic of the pick of the exhibits.
Now I’m back with the point of view problems in The Cauldron Bubbles and enjoying solving them. One of the characters is Deaf Davie and that has its problems but also advantages as it means I have to ‘show not tell’ everything where he is the point of view character. I just need to be careful I don’t make any pf the people he sees speak. I must admit, the story is stronger when the point of view character is clear. That’s one of the reasons why Sharpe and Hornblower and even Bertie Wooster are successful. Maybe that’s why I felt Miss Kirkwood’s story in A Land Fit for Heroes was one of my best. It can be restricting if you want to present a premonition of disaster, a bomb ticking in the background, but that in its way is a challenge.
Enough rambling, what I’ve done to get my head around this point of view thing is to do first person in my head and instead of ‘The man came at Davie’, think how I’d do it first person – ‘I saw him come at me’, then change that to Davie saw the man etc. It’s working for me and really changing how I write and making it more urgent.
I’m hoping, with Lorraine Mace’s help, to get this all cleared up by New Year and get it off to a Literary Agent as 2020 will be the bicentenary of the uprising in Scotland (Strathaven and Falkirk in particular).Spin-offs from talking heads