It is my pleasure to welcome Holly Jacobs to the Jaunty Quills!!
The View from Here by Holly Jacobs
Most Mondays I post something on social media about my Monday Glee.
Now, let me be clear, I know that the majority of people don’t think of Monday as their happiest day of the week. As a kid heading back to school, I don’t remember ever feeling gleeful on Mondays. But as an adult with four kids and a husband, my point-of-view changed.
You see, my family is not quiet by nature. That means my weekends are loud, chaotic…and yes, gleeful. But years ago, I started to notice how quiet things got after they all packed up for school or work and left. As someone who works from home, I crave that kind of quiet. So despite how crazy in love I am with my family, on Monday mornings as the house got quiet, I felt glee.
That’s where my love of Mondays began. Plus, Mondays are a rather unloved day of the week, so I like to think my Monday Glee makes them feel better about themselves.
My point-of-view changed from school-aged-Holly to grown-up-Holly. And a different point-of-view made all the difference.
As a writer, I have capitalized on that realization many times. A prime example is in the second and third books in my newest Words of the Heart series. I wrote the exact same scene in two different points-of-view. Readers saw the scene through Addie’s eyes in These Three Words, then in Siobhan’s eyes in my new release, Hold Her Heart.
It’s rare that readers spot when I repeat the same scene in different books (though I do occasionally hear from some who spots it). Even editors have missed when I do it. I think people miss it because though it’s the same scene in each book, it’s very different. Why? Because—I know you know the answer by now—the point-of-view makes all the difference.
Sometimes I employ that change of perspective with my writing. Most days I work on my couch, but especially in the fall I move to the glider in the yard. And this year, I’ve been heading to camp once a week and writing there. Making those moves makes a difference in my writing. It gives me a fresh perspective.
And as you know, that different point-of-view can make all the difference!
A different point-of-view can make all the difference…what’s your view right now?
Everyone who answers, will be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of the first book in the series, Carry Her Heart!!
Check back on Sunday to see if you’re a winner!!