Monday, October 4, 2010


Today's post is about Point of View (POV).  I tend to write from a 3rd person POV, varying between 2-3 characters.  I have also written from 1st person POV (for me, this one is trickier!)  So, how are they different?

3rd person POV allows the writer and reader to see and understand the feelings of the person who is viewing the scene.  For my stories, I usually have 1 or 2 characters in the scene and pick who I want to view it through-- who has the most internal dialogue to share.  Sometimes I have to write it from both POV's before I get the correct view.  In this view, you can also use the omniscient narrator-- this allows the reader to know what is going on, even if the characters don't experience it.

1st person POV follows the story from the main character's (usually) POV.  You only know what they know, only see what they see. If something happens off stage, you don't know about it.  And, the character can't know what someone else is thinking.  I have to be careful in this POV not to assign emotions to character actions that the main character can't know. 

What about you?  What POV do you use?  Do you find one trickier than the other?  Any tips for others?  Share in the comments!

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1 comment:

  1. I've written in both but I def prefer first person. I like to tell the story thru one caharcter's eyes. But if it's a thriller or suspense story, I think it's super cool to see the tale thru the villain's eyes.


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