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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 aspect carries an even bigger load when it comes to the works of fiction. The tone of the book rests with the point of view. It is the perch from which the reader shall sit as they consume the story. It is therefore important to understand the different points of view you can use in telling your story. You also need to know about shifts in these points of view.

There shall be the first person point of view, a view that relies on the main character’s emotions, senses and internal thoughts. There is a limitation to the application of certain pronouns and verbs. You will notice the use of the pronoun I quite a lot. There is no other tense for the verbs except the present.

In the second person point of view, only the pronoun You comes into play. This usually gives the readers a hard time imagining themselves on the setting, because of the distance that exists between them and the story.

In the third person point of view, the pronouns He and She get used often. The verbs shall be in past tense. When it is used alone it shall be easy for the readers to feel detached. This is because the reader has to find out more only through the author’s eyes, and not much from the characters.

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. This style allows the author to showcase the world through the main character’s point of view.

You may also hear of the shifting points of view idea, which behaves like a magical perspective. It can show you the emotions, thoughts and five senses of those who see through it. It can take a sort of aerial view of the proceedings as a party, for example. There shall be the description of the different ways in which people are enjoying themselves. Then there is some noise from a corner where a person has collapsed. At that point, the main character, a police officer invited to the party, gets involved. We now start seeing the following events through their eyes. We get to understand how they have taken the tragedy. We can see their determination to get to the bottom of it. You need to see such shifts in works of fiction. There is no better way you understand the story.

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