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.
This blog continues the blog I started yesterday on POV in your writing. I discussed the POV of “First Person.” I am going to the store next to the house where I grew up. It’s all about the main character who is doing the talking. Today we are going to do the Third Person POV (point of view).
Just as with the first person POV, the third person POV divides into several types.
1. Third Person: Single Vision
2. Third Person: Multiple Vision
3. Third Person: Omniscient
4. Third Person: Objective
Third Person, Single Vision is not told by a character in the story. It is a voice which is created by the writer and the reader hears what is coming from his mind.
Example: “He walked across the street, while is wife sat in the car.”
Using third person single vision lets the writer use language which may not be appropriate speech for the character being talked about. Example would be if your main character were a deaf-mute person.
A POV character is the character who’s POV is being recognized by the author.*The point of view character must be present for everything that takes place in the story, just as with a first-person narrator. If your POVcharacter overhears a conversation, he/she may report that to the reader. If the conversation takes place in a health-food store across town, the discussion is off-limits.
Third person: Multiple vision allows are writer to show a story’s events from different angles. You must have the room in your writing to use this POV. It’s most used in Novellas and Novels because they have the space to have multiple visions. You may have a story with four characters each giving their own version of the story. Using this type of POV can cause your reader not to be as focused on the story as with a single POV.
Third Person: Omniscient The writer is all-knowing, they know everything going on with the story and their characters. The writer can enter the mind of any or all of the characters. This is the POV which gives you the greatest freedom. This POV can seem impersonal to the reader. It can be overwhelming to the writer. If you have four characters in a story you have to pay attention to each one of them because you know everything.
Third Person: Objective . This POV is the hardest, I think, because you don’t have access to anyone’s mind. You have to narrate in the third person of background, characterization, conflict theme and so forth through dialogue and action. “It is giving the facts, and only the facts, ma’am.”
This is my downfall in the world of writing. Maybe I should have said, one of my downfalls. POV or point of view, has been such a headache to me. I have people review my writing and they can immediately tell me the where and when I have changed POV in the story. Poor pitiful me, I am such a failure, NOT!!!
The point of view you choose for your story will affect the way your readers respond to your characters and actions. The tone and theme of your story is also affected by the POV.
To determine your point of view, you may ask yourself the following questions.
1. Who will be speaking: the narrator or the character?
2. Whose eyes are seeing the events of the story happen?
3. Whose thoughts do the reader have access to?
4. From what distance are the events being viewed?
The first person POV is a story narrated by the character in the story. Usually it is the main character or the protagonist. The story is from the I point of view. I went, I saw, I felt, so forth. The reader gets into the story through the narrators eye’s, touch, smell, action. You write in the voice, words and tone of your character.
An example of first person POV: I had to find out where Sam was headed, so I hid behind the shrubs next to the house. I thought Sam would head for his car, but he fooled me. He took off, on foot, heading south towards the graveyard.
You may also use three other first person POV’s: (1. Multiple vision, which lets multiple narrators tell the story. (2. Peripheral would be having another character tell the story. (3. The unreliable first person is a person telling the story, has all the facts, but can’t be trusted. It might be a schizophrenic, or a compulsive liar.
I am going to be dividing POV into parts to make it a little easier to digest. I am posting a video on writing in first person. Content is good, but the speaker doesn’t speak well, um, you know, um. I like it, um, but, um, you um, will have to um look over um her bad speaking um. 🙂 http://youtu.be/ydlOjhkgr74