Point of View

Hello, My Writing Colleague,

The point of view you use is a critical choice in how your story will be played out.

Here are the proper definitions of each point of view:

First Person Point of View

The narrator here is telling the story, using “I” and “we” and the story is experienced exclusively through their eyes.

First Person Peripheral

The narrator still uses the “I,” but they are not the narrator. Therefore, some scenes and events happen to the protagonist, and the narrator won’t know about them.

Second Person Point of View

This POV is generally and typically used in nonfiction, from the perspective of “you.”

Third Person Point of View

There are three ways to write from this point of view that narrates using “he/she/it.”

  • Third Person Limited is where the narrator knows what only one character knows.
  • The Third Person Multiple is where the narrator can follow many characters.
  • Third Person Omniscient is where the narrator knows everything; knows what’s happening and can read the minds of ALL the characters.

I love writing in the third person omniscient point of view.  All my characters want a piece of the action.

Your Assignment:

Write a conversation between two characters in the first person point of view and that same conversation in third person omniscient point of view.

*If you are not sure, find two stories online that use each way and copy the conversation by hand.

This is an awesome way to improve your craft and show your brain how to interpret two different ways of conveying a story, particularly dialogue.

Go. Realize your point of view, My Writing Colleague.