Hi, my name is Lynn, and I didn’t know what Point of View (POV) was when I started writing.
There. I admitted it.
With that admission, it dawned a whole new outlook on writing for me. I mean, when I penned my first novel, Light of Truth, I had no clue what I was doing.
Heck, I hadn’t even planned on writing anything, let alone becoming a writer with a debut novel releasing soon.
But hey, I just did what I learned from a dear friend –> “Just take the next step.”
I was like, “Uh, nope. What’s that?”
She told me, and I took the next step. Since I’ve learned it, written a few more novels and grown in the craft, I’ve gone back to that very first novel and re-written it.
Holy moly, I was all over the place. In one person’s head one minute, then another person’s head the next minute.
So not good.
The thing that stuck with me in learning POV was when someone told me to think of it as the main character having a camera on her head. I could only write what she saw, thought, felt, smelled, touched, tasted, etc.
That really hit home with me. I know cameras can’t smell and taste and such, but the point was made. Only what the main character is experiencing.
I can’t stand when POVs shift randomly. I’m really not even fond of multiple POVs within a chapter, even if they’re clearly marked. I’d rather have chapter breaks between POVs. Or, just the POVs of the main characters—one each per chapter.
What’s your favorite to write/read –>third person or first person POV?
Have a great day, everyone.
Your Friday Fox,