Category Archives for "Point of View"

January 10, 2020

Is Your Story’s Point of View Impersonal or Personal?

Point of view is usually taught without the involvement of the narrator’s role—but it should be. The two are inseparable.

Sometimes, though, even after all the concepts have been studied, it can still be difficult to keep straight the eight point of view types. Sometimes it helps to see point of view framed from an alternate perspective, which is the purpose of today’s shorter post. 

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December 13, 2019

Putting the Elements of Point of View Together

This is the final post of a three-part series exploring the mechanics of point of view: what the elements are and how they can be manipulated for greater writing success.

I’ll break down the point of view elements in the Essayist Omniscient, Limited Third, and Central First Person POVs; show what a scene looks like rewritten in each; and then include an analysis about what each narrator’s perspective contributes to the scene.

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December 6, 2019

The Levels of Narrative Distance

This is the second of a three-part series exploring the mechanics of point of view: what the elements are and how they can be manipulated for greater writing success.

Today’s post covers the other elements of point of view: Number of Accessed Viewpoints and Narrative Distance. Part 1 distinguishes the three crucial roles every author must step into in order for point of view to be properly executed.

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November 29, 2019

The Formula to Mastering Point of View

This is the first of a three-part series identifying what the point of view elements are and how they can be manipulated for greater writing success!

Today’s post distinguishes the three roles every author must step into (one is almost always forgotten!) and then covers the first 3 of the 5 elements of point of view: Grammatical Person, Pronoun Number, and Verb Tense.

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