Through the Immaculate Heart, So I'm writing a novel and I need some knowledge on mixing attitude and deep-third person penetration. Motives are what make characters act in the way they do (eg: Batman fights crime because he wants to protect the innocent after becoming a victim himself) while attitude is their verall reaction to outside events (eg: Batman feels disgust at the sick things which the Joker does, whereas other criminals may feel that the Joker acted justly). Then there is penetration, which makes us see things through the characters eyes. I'm not talking about first person at all, this all has to do with third person but these degrees vary. There is limited (or light) penetration in which we see the scenes the POV character is in and see inside his head but we don't experience the scenes as if they were experienced by the character himself, only getting the character's attitudes when the narrator dips away from the scene and into the character's head. The Harry Potter books are like this as also are the Lord of the Rings. Then we have deep penetration, in which we experience the scenes as the character experiences them. The narrator doesn't have to say "He thought", because we already are experiencing the character's thoughts and attitudes without such tags. Stephen King's books and some horror novels are like this. But I fear that I would overuse the attitude and deep penetration bit. Orson Scott Card said that he's read many stories where the author provided deep penetration in the most pointless and slowest bits, while others provided only light penetration when the story itself was shouting to be penetrated deeply. Can anyone please give me advice?