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Write Your Novel In 2022: PT3



The point of view in writing is an important consideration for writers because it can help shape the story. Point of view can be one of the most important aspects to consider when writing a story because it influences how your story will be told.


In this article, we will briefly review the first, second, third-person limited, and third-person omniscient points of view. POV's are important because they allow you to learn about different characters and show what they are feeling and thinking to the reader.




First-person point of view is when the narrator or protagonist in a story is telling the story through his or her perspective. This form of narration offers an intimate connection with the reader because it is easy to imagine what's happening in the scene and can sometimes give you more insight into the thoughts and feelings of other people that are not being shared.


The first-person writing style involves pronouns I, me, and my. This type of point of view allows the reader to experience the story or events through an individual who is usually a first-person narrator.


This perspective can be seen in many stories such as "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, and "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger.





The second person point of view is a narrative device where the storyteller speaks to the reader in the second person. It is assumed that the reader is an observer and not a character in the story. The narrator can speak directly to the reader or talk about them indirectly, often referring to them as "you." This style has been used in many different ways throughout history and literature.


This type of point of view is not often found in novels and can be difficult for some writers to adopt. The second person point of view involves the writer addressing the reader directly and speaking about them, which can make it difficult for writers to detach from their own emotions and understand that they are telling a story about someone else.


This perspective is used in stories like ‘Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney, ‘The Book of Rapture’ by Nikki Gemmell, and ‘The Sound of My Voice’ by Ron Butlin.




The third-person point of view is the most common form of writing in the modern novel. Third-person point of view is when the author uses words like he or she to refer to the characters in their story. This style of writing allows readers to experience what it would be like to be in that character's shoes, using all five senses. It also allows the author to detach themselves from the story and see it more objectively since they are not inside it.


The third-person limited point of view is a perspective method where the narrator only knows what the protagonist or main character knows about his or her surroundings. The limited perspective is limited to what the camera sees, and the reader only knows what they see.


The third-person omniscient point of view is a perspective style where the narrator knows everything about the thoughts and feelings of all the characters in the story. The narrator can go into any character's mind and tell their thoughts and feelings. A third-person omniscient point of view is typically used for stories that take place over a long period and have many different characters, all with different thoughts and feelings.