How To Write With Immediacy In Fiction by Lisa Hall-Wilson - Canada
We’re continuing in our FAQ series on Deep POV. The question that came in was: How do you write with immediacy?
There are a few foundational rules with deep point of view and writing with immediacy and removing distance are two of them. If you don’t write with immediacy you add perceived distance between the reader and the story, which is exactly what deep pov tries to eliminate. As I considered this question, I realized that I haven’t written much about this here or in my book, so let’s break this down.
Simply put, immediacy is writing as though everything in the story is happening right now.
Is Past Or Present Tense More Immediate?
Some writers get hung up on writing in past or present tense when asked about immediacy. Are you writing He is… or He was…? With deep point of view, there isn’t a right or wrong answer here. You can write in deep pov with immediacy equally well in past or present tense.