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Fiction Basics: Point of View A TPL Writers’ Circle Tutorial Cari Dubiel [email_address]
Point of View: Main Types <ul><li>First Person </li></ul><ul><li>I walked down the street, thinking about a turkey sandwic...
Choosing Point of View <ul><li>First Person </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages Allows deep identification with main character </...
Choosing Point of View <ul><li>Third Person Limited – “close third” </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Creates...
Choosing Point of View <ul><li>Third Person Omniscient - “distant third” </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Al...
Experimental Points of View <ul><li>Second Person </li></ul><ul><li>You walked down the street, thinking about a turkey sa...
Experimental Points of View <ul><li>Collective First Person </li></ul><ul><li>They walked down the street, thinking about ...
Choosing Point of View <ul><li>Choose the point of view that best fits your story </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment!  Write the...
Resources <ul><li>Almond, Steve.  “Fiction: Point of View.” </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.writersdigest.com/article/fiction...
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  1. 1. Fiction Basics: Point of View A TPL Writers’ Circle Tutorial Cari Dubiel [email_address]
  2. 2. Point of View: Main Types <ul><li>First Person </li></ul><ul><li>I walked down the street, thinking about a turkey sandwich. </li></ul><ul><li>Third Person Limited </li></ul><ul><li>He walked down the street, thinking about a turkey sandwich. </li></ul><ul><li>Third Person Omniscient </li></ul><ul><li>He walked down the street, thinking about a turkey sandwich. Meanwhile, she walked down another street, thinking about a bologna sandwich. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Choosing Point of View <ul><li>First Person </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages Allows deep identification with main character </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to develop a distinct voice </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Character can’t know everything in the plot </li></ul><ul><li>Character can be unreliable </li></ul>
  4. 4. Choosing Point of View <ul><li>Third Person Limited – “close third” </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Creates distance between the reader and main character </li></ul><ul><li>Lets you describe the character on the outside and the inside </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Unless you alternate between points of view, you are still limited to one character’s thoughts and feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Does not create the feeling of intimacy of first person </li></ul>
  5. 5. Choosing Point of View <ul><li>Third Person Omniscient - “distant third” </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to describe events from multiple characters’ perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Allows the author to keep an even wider distance from characters </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Can be confusing to reader – “head hopping” </li></ul><ul><li>Must be done very precisely </li></ul>
  6. 6. Experimental Points of View <ul><li>Second Person </li></ul><ul><li>You walked down the street, thinking about a turkey sandwich. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas – Tom Robbins </li></ul><ul><li>Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney </li></ul><ul><li>Instructions are often written in second person (sometimes known as “imperative”). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Experimental Points of View <ul><li>Collective First Person </li></ul><ul><li>They walked down the street, thinking about many different things. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien </li></ul><ul><li>First Person, Narrator Not Main Character </li></ul><ul><li>Example: The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald </li></ul>
  8. 8. Choosing Point of View <ul><li>Choose the point of view that best fits your story </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment! Write the same scene: </li></ul><ul><li> *from the points of view of different characters </li></ul><ul><li> *in limited third person </li></ul><ul><li> *in first person </li></ul><ul><li> *in an experimental point of view </li></ul><ul><li>When you read your favorite novels, identify the point of view. Is it effective? Does it fit the story? Why or why not? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Almond, Steve. “Fiction: Point of View.” </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.writersdigest.com/article/fiction-point-of-view/ </li></ul><ul><li>Kress, Nancy. “6 Tips to Choosing the Right Point of View.” </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.writersdigest.com/article/6_Tips_to_Choosing_the_Right_Point_of_View/ </li></ul>

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