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Creative Writing 'Point of View'
Point of View:
One of the best things you can do for your fans and those that read your books is to give them a good story. But how do you present that story? Who is actually telling it? This is where perspective comes in.
First Person Point of View - Example:
"I took the familiar trail, meandering through bent oaks and colossal willow trees, to the stream. My thoughts consumed me. How would my family react to my decision? I dipped my toes in the water, longing for the cool sensation to sweep up my spine. It was colder than normal. The water way was telling me-something wasn't right."
First Person Peripheral Point of View - Example:
"I'd seen her down by the stream most of her life, even when she was a child. Something was different this time, though. As she touched the cool waters, she froze. She didn't speak, but I saw it in her eyes-something wasn't right."
Second person perspective is more instructional, and thus not commonly found in creative writing. Much like reading a set of instructions, the narrative focuses on 'you' as the subject. Or, it could be someone witnessing your actions, then commenting on what they saw as you participated in those actions.
Second Person Point of View - Example:
"You walked down to the stream and gently dipped your toes in the water. It seemed cold and you quickly recoiled, a shiver running up your spine. Though you didn't say it, something wasn't right."
Third Person Limited:
Third person writing, but from the perspective of one character. Much like first person, the reader will only know what that character knows, but with the ability to change how the action is viewed. It can be told from within the character's head, or from a distance, giving a little more information about the character's situation outside his own viewpoint.
Third person writing that follows multiple characters. Your writing will still use 'he / she/ it" to describe the actions, but the perspective might change from chapter to chapter. Just make sure you let your reader know the perspective is shifting, otherwise you'll have a very confusing situation on your hands ;) Make the switch obvious to avoid making your readers go back a page or two to catch up.
Third Person Omniscient:
Third person point of view told from EVERYONE's perspective. Many writer's refer to this as 'God' view because it allows the writer to capture all the details about every character. While it's less personal than first person, it captures a lot more detail about things the characters wouldn't know themselves, allowing the writer to introduce comments or actions not seen by other characters in the story. Unlike third person limited, however, it does not offer a glimpse into the character's inner thoughts or motivations.
Third Person Omniscient - Example:
"Sarah didn't know how to tell everyone she was leaving. She left the camp and headed down to a place all too familiar to her, the cool waters of the stream that ran through her family's property. Ann noticed Sarah deep in thought, and saw her head off down the trail. The expression on Sarah's face was concerning, so Ann decided to follow. As Sarah dipped her toes into the cool waters, a startling chill ran up her spine, a chill Ann recognized; yet the look of doubt upon her friend's face-she did not."
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