Understanding Point Of View In Writing

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Understanding Point Of View In Writing

View tells the reader what is telling them. The angle from which to write is determined by the writer's choice. Every writer must establish credibility and gain trust from readers. Understanding POV is essential.

It is crucial to choose the right POV for your story. This will allow you to tell it accurately and help your readers better understand your characters. Imagine reading a self-help book that doesn't address you directly as a reader. This will make the book irrelevant because it won't feel personal to your needs.

Even though you have established the importance of POV in writing, you may still be asking the question: How do I choose the right one to tell my story? Knowing the different types of POV is key.

  1. First Person: The writer acts as the main character when narrating a story in the first-person viewpoint. As they are describing their experiences, the narrator is also involved. This POV is often used in fiction writing and uses the personal pronouns me, you, and our for main character. This creates intrigue and expresses an opinion, giving the story credibility. They don't have to be the protagonist, but they can also be antagonists. It is one of the most straightforward points of views, but it is also limited by being character-driven. It is a focus on the actor and not the action.

  2. Second Person: The second-person POV is a rare narrative technique that draws readers into the story. Because the reader feels the narrator speaking to them, it is more personal. A writer does not tell the story from their perspective. The main character is described by the pronouns "you" and "your". It isn't a popular style in fiction, but it is common in non-fiction like self-help books. This point of view has the advantage that it allows readers to reflect. However, the reader's imagination is what limits this view. The imagination of the readers is limited.

  3. Third Person: The third-person narrative completely removes the narrator and the story. He is not telling 'his story' or 'a story', but 'their story' and the central character of the story is not the narrator. The main characters are described using pronouns such as he/she/his/hers, them/theirs, and theirs. There are three types of third-person POV: the third-person limited, omniscient, and objective. The third-person limited restricts access to characters' thoughts and experiences, while the omniscient allows unlimited access for the narrator. The third-person objective is a perspective that tells the story through observation. The narration is not privy to the thoughts and feelings of the characters.

Because they are all unique, there is no one best point of view. However, the First Person View of View is best for characters. If you want their voices to shine, you can use the First Person View. But, if your voice wants to shine through, you can use the Second and Third Person Views. No matter what narrative style you choose, be consistent.


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