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Writing Fiction and Points of View

The level of interest your story is able to generate comes down to the point of view you choose to use. This is important especially if you wish for them to keep reading your works of fiction. The point of view dictates the tone of the book. It is the perch from which the reader shall sit as they consume the story. You are thus better off knowing what points of view you have at your disposal in telling your stories. You need to also understand more about shifts in these point of view.

You shall hear of the first person point of view, through which a story is told using the character’s emotions, senses and internal thoughts. There is an application of specific pronouns and verbs. You will notice the use of the pronoun I quite a lot. All verbs shall also be in present tense.

In the second person point of view, only the pronoun You comes into play. This gives readers a challenge in getting into the groove of the story, since there is the feeling of distance between the story and them.

The third persons point of view makes great use of the pronouns He and She. All verbs are in the past tense. When it is used alone it shall be easy for the readers to feel detached. This is because the reader is left to see the story through the author’s eyes, with few glimpses through the character’s eyes.

In the third person limited point of view, there is a bit of the third person, and a bit of the first person. The author will therefore make use of the first person character’s five senses, emotions and internal thoughts to tell the story with their third persons vantage point. In this style, the main character’s take on the world is used to drive the author’s narration.

There is also the idea of shifting points of view, which acts as a magical perspective. It will tell you of all the emotions five senses and thoughts of those who happen to be weeing through it. This can be seen when you look at how the proceedings at a party are explained from an almost aerial point of view. You can see how people are enjoying themselves as the party goes on. Then there is some commotion, and a person collapses. At that point, the main character, a police officer invited to the party, gets involved. We now take their point of view in the following moments. We get to feel what they feel about the tragedy. We hear their thoughts as they vow to find out what happened here. Such shifts are impotent when telling of fictional works. We get a deeper level of understanding through them.

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