Who Should Tell Your Story? Three Questions to Figure it Out

This past week, I’ve had several conversations with teen writers about their current stories in progress. They all went something like this: Me: “Who’s your POV character? Who’s telling the story?” Teen: “Well, the main character. Who else would it be?” Me: “Okay, but how would the main character know that X was happening? Or,…

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POV part 6 – When Should you use 3rd Person Omniscient POV?

The omniscient narrator or POV is often referred to as a “God-like” narrator, one that narrates the thoughts and feelings of any given character at any given time. It is often compared to a camera lens that looks down on a scene happening. The narrator is never in the scene but instead watches and narrates…

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POV Part 5 – What about Writing in 2nd Person?

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for each of you who stop by, visit, and read the posts here. Now to the week’s post… First and third person POV’s are hands down the most common perspectives authors use. Often teens ask me, “Why not second person?” Because second person is using “you,” and generally your…

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POV Part 4 – 4 Questions Before Choosing 3rd Person Limited

Third-person point of view (POV) is the most common POV used in contemporary fiction. Writers use the pronouns “he,” “she,” “it,” and “they” and refer their characters by their name. For example, a first-person statement might read: “I sat down and put my head in my hands. What am I going to do? Stay? Leave?”…

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POV Part 3 – 6 Must Ask Questions Before Choosing 1st Person POV

When writing in first-person point of view, you use the pronouns “I” and “we.” First-person POV creates an intimate connection between the character and the reader as the reader has access to all of the POV character’s actions and reactions. Readers know what the character is thinking, why they do what they do, and how…

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POV Part 2 – Choosing your POV Exercise

Before starting to write any piece, it’s important to consider the point of view, or POV, you will use. Will you write from first-person? Completely inside one characters head? Or maybe you want to focus on more than one character, in which case you might choose a third person POV. Before you decide, try this…

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POV part 1 – What is POV head hopping?

“Head hopping” happens when you inadvertently “lose” your point of view and hop from one character’s head to another. This is a problem when you’re trying to maintain either a 1st person POV or a 3rd limited POV. In any given scene, you should have ONE POV character to “anchor” the narration. A different character…

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