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Novel Writing: Point-of-View


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Novel Writing: Point-of-View

  1. 1. Point of View: The Voice of Your Story
  2. 2. What Is Reality? •What someone perceives it to be. •Thus there is no ONE reality. •So your choice of point of view taints reality. •It is the number one style problem most authors have.
  3. 3. What Is Reality? • In real life, POV is different perspectives on a situation. • 3 people see an event, three different POVs. • In writing, POV is the author’s choice of the perspective through which the story is told. • 3 people see an event, we only get the POV the author chooses to show it through. • Or three different POVs that conflict. • Which is real? • It is the number one style problem writers have because it is their ‘voice’.
  4. 4. •The primary goal of communication is to evoke a response. •Thus, the receiver of the communique is more important than the sender. •Thus, the sender needs to take the point of view of the person the message is intended for. What is Communication?
  5. 5. •We are transmitting both logic and emotion. •We are transmitting on the conscious and subconscious levels. •We are externalizing something internal. What is Communication?
  6. 6. •Writing makes things real. •We speak differently than we write. •Think like the reader. •Less is better. •Writing is the only art form that isn’t sensual. Written Communication:
  7. 7. Who Is Telling The Story? •You are. •But whose voice does the reader ‘hear’ when they read? •You are getting a story that is alive in your head, into the reader’s head, through the medium of the ‘printed’ word. •The POV you choose is the format of that medium.
  8. 8. The Camera •POV is the camera through which the story is recorded. •All that counts is what is recorded. •Get out of your head and focus on the camera and what the reader ‘sees’. •A shift in POV is a shift in the camera= a cut.
  9. 9. A Cut •You stop the camera, restart the same one in a new time and/or place. •You stop the camera, go to a new camera. Can be same place (head-hopping) or a new time and/or place (a new point of view character). •Or you as the author control the camera and can go anywhere and any time you want (omniscient point of view).
  10. 10. First Person •Most limiting. •Narrator is not the author. •The narrator always has the camera. •Narrator has to be present in every scene or get information second-hand. •Works for mysteries. Hard for thrillers.
  11. 11. First Person •Detached narrator. •Sherlock Holmes. •Believable narrator. •The Usual Suspects.
  12. 12. First Person Time Sense • I remember when . . . • Already know what happened and are withholding. • No suspense over fate of the narrator. • In real time. • Come along with me. • Emotionally overwhelming events. • Both are usually told in past tense which further confuses things. • You usually end up mixing the two modes.
  13. 13. Third Person Limited •Everything is channelled through various characters’ points of view. •Cuts have to be very clear to readers. •Each POV character must be distinct. •First, third stories.
  14. 14. Third Person Limited • Cutting in the middle of a scene: is there a purpose? • How many points of view can you-- and the reader- - handle? • Too many POV characters: • The reader ends up knowing more than any of the characters. • Diffuse attention from your protagonist. • The line between Third Limited and Omniscient is a thin one.
  15. 15. Omniscient •Authorial narrative. •Camera is above, all-seeing and all- knowing. •Must be the story psychologist. •Good for action scenes. •Be careful of head-hopping. •More authoritative •Can call one form of it translucent
  16. 16. Examples • First: Years ago, I was told that to be an effective sniper, I had to be a man who could shoot another human being on nothing but an order and stop; also on order. The stopping is important. I’d been told I was one of those people. • Third: Years ago, Horace Chase was told that an effective sniper was a man who could shoot another human being on nothing but an order and stop; also on order. The stopping is important. He knew he was one of those people. • Omniscient: An effective sniper is a man who can shoot another human being on nothing but an order and stop; also on order. The stopping is important. Horace Chase was one of those people and that made him dangerous.
  17. 17. Point Of View And Character Arc •Pull all your same character POV scenes and look at them separate from the other POV character scenes. •Check to make sure the voice is consistent. •Check for character arc.
  18. 18. Variations •Second person. (Fourth dimension in film) •Multiple first person. •Mixing points of view. •Write in one, rewrite in another •Going from first to third, you go through omniscient.
  19. 19. Point Of View and Voice •The filter over the camera lens. •All voices must be distinctive. •In third, the voice must change slightly for each POV character. •In omniscient, the voice must be knowledgeable. •Every writer must find their own voice.
  20. 20. Voice •You will tend to write in the voice you enjoy reading. •It’s a psychological issue. •Often the voice we fear to write in is our best one. •Your voice stems from your passion.
  21. 21. Original Idea Conflict the Fuel of Your Story and the Conflict Box Plot I: Research and Narrative Questions Plot II: Outlining Plot III: Narrative Structure Character Point of View Write It Forward: From Writer to Bestselling Author Writers Conference Guide (Free eBook) Three P’s: Platform, Product, Promotion Writers’ Block and Rewriting How to Write the Query/Synopsis Planning for NaNoWriMo Success Bob Mayer’s Workshops, Seminars & Presentations Your Creative Process: How You Write The Present and Future of Publishing for Writers Writers Workshop and Retreat ON WRITING SLIDESHARES
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