It’s called deep point of view. It means crawling inside your character and looking at the world through him/her.

The best way I know to do this is to use the word ‘I’ when you are writing because that forces you into your character’s mind. That’s called first person viewpoint, though what anything is called is irrelevant, the end result is all that matters. Using ‘I’ works especially well if you are writing a diary entry because diaries are written that way.

The thing you must remember, however, when using this point of view is that you can’t write anything into the diary that the character in your story wouldn’t actually know at that point. And if you try to make your character too all-knowing in order to get across some story point or other, it will come across as wrong to the reader.

So do it but don’t over-do it.


The short answer is, just do it.

The long answer is to first think whether you wish to sell what you write or at least have it published or not.

If publishing isn’t your goal, then just put the seat of your pants to the seat of a chair and write whatever comes to mind.

If you want to be published, then be aware that the market for short fiction that pays a professional rate is small, mostly science fiction and those stories are read by gamers so must appeal to the problem solver mentality. But there are a lot of other publications out there other than science fiction that publish short fiction for token payment and/or name recognition.

Once you’ve decided what genre you want to write in, read that genre and see what’s being published. Then take your favorite story— one you think you could have written— and take it apart. Then rewrite it your way. Or write another story if that’s what your mind is telling you to do.

Then submit it. If it’s been a while since you went to college, you’ll find the submission process has changed. It’s now mostly electronic, which is much easier and cheaper than printing out and mailing off all those pages.

Then sit and wait and, while you wait, write another story.

What would be the easiest and the best topic for the ITGS extended essay for an IB (International Baccalaureate)?

Been answering a bunch of questions on Quora and decided to copy those questions and answers here. Some are relevant to writing, some aren’t. Here’s today’s question (above, the title of this post) and answer (below):

Unfortunately there is no one answer to this question for several good reasons:

1. The topic should be about something you like because you’re going to spend a lot of time on it. Different people, different topics.

2. It should be a topic that is included in the IB studies curriculum because that topic will be familiar to those who will guide you through the process and, later, grade the essay.

3. It should relate to your future because the knowledge you’ll learn from the process will help you later in life and will be seen by your adviser as an appropriate topic for you.

4. It should be broad enough that you can write 4,000 words about it and specific enough that there could be more written if you wanted to broaden the scope of your essay.

Of these reasons, the first is the most important because if you like what you are writing about, that liking will show through in your writing and, not only will the whole process be easier, your emotional input will be clear to whomever is grading your essay and just might improve your grade. So it’s not so much about what topic is easiest, it’s about which is easiest and most enjoyable for you personally. So what’s your favorite topic? Your favorite subject? Your favorite anything that falls within the scope of the IB curriculum?

Hope this helps.