Today on Write Better Fiction we’ll cover Point Of View. Write Better Fiction is a process to help you critique your own manuscript and give yourself feedback. This will help you improve your novel, so you’re ready to submit it to an editor.
What is Point of View?
I use the Point Of View (POV) in many of my spreadsheet columns and have been asked to describe what POV is.
POV is the perspective the story is told from. There are three main types of POV.
- First Person
- Third Person
There is also second person, but this doesn’t seem to be used much in commercial fiction, so I won’t spend any time on it.
OMNISCIENT is when the narrator of the story knows all. The narrator can get into the head of any character to drive the story forward.
An excellent of a novel written in omniscient POV is the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. One way to determine this is to notice that the narrator provides information that the characters are unaware of.
FIRST PERSON means the narrator is speaking directly to the reader. This comes in the form of ‘I’.
Janet Evanovich writes the Stephanie Plum novels in first person. Often, near the beginning, she’ll write something like: My name is Stephanie Plum. I work as a bond enforcer…
THIRD PERSON is written from the he said / she said narration.
Of course, I have to mention my novels for third person point of view narration. I wrote DESCENT, BLAZE, and AVALANCHE in third person. I like to change points of view and get into the heads of more than one character, so this style suits me.
My favorite book on point of view is The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life by Alicia Rasley. If you want an in-depth description of all the points of view and their variations, this is a great book to read.
Please let me know in the comments below if you have any thoughts on POV. What form do you write in and why?
Thanks for reading…