How To Pick A Point of View (POV)


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The POV for me is fairly daunting.  I seem to favor first person in my writing, but that could be because I’m still fairly new at writing.  The POV chosen affects everything we write.  There are questions to ask yourself before making a final choice on the POV:

1.  Whose story is this?  Most of the time it belongs to the protagonist.

2.  What kind of stories do I like to read?  Do you want to read how one person prevailed in the trials and tribulation of whatever they are facing, or do you want someone to tell you everything going on in the story.  The example given by “Writing Fiction” by Gotham Writers Workshop was, Do you like Rocky, or a League of Their Own?

Sadly, sometimes you will get almost done with your story and determine the voice you used was not working as well as it should.  Then you have to start over with a different point of view.

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I'm a retired RN enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I liked adventure and travel and making friends. I have 6 dogs and 1 cat. They are like having a house full of three years olds. Now for the rest of the story. My Granddaughter and her husband now live with us and they have 4 dogs and 4 cats along with a giant Flemish Rabbit. My Granddaughter has now added beautiful, Olivia to our household. My fourth Great Grandchild. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine them not being around. I spend most of my time sitting in front of my computer working on my latest book or talking about Essential Oils. On the personal side, I'm married to a wonderful man who spoils me and I love it. I am very much a country girl. I love living on our 5 acres on Pole Cat Creek watching the deer and other animals occasionally stick their​ heads out of the trees. It's a fun life.
  • Sonia M. says:

    POV is definitely something I have to feel my way through. For my WIP, I added a second POV even though I didn’t really want to…the story needed it though. Those characters get pretty bossy sometimes. 🙂

    • Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. I know what you mean having to add another pov. I add to add an extra one to my novel also. It is only a short segment but as you, I had to addit. Take care and drop by again. Shirley

  • I tend to write in 3rd person, except for blogging. Now that I think about it. It was because a crabby English teacher told me there were too many “I”s in my story. Had forgotten all about that. That explains why I always have this feeling of wrongness and try to take all the “I”s out of a sentence.