Points of View in Storytelling: Practice for Writers


The point of view of a piece of writing is how the story shall be told to the reader. It is the eyes through which we get to see the story. There are different points of view a writer can use, each with different concerns, depths, and scope for expansion. There are benefits and limitations to each of them.

The first person point of view tells the story through the eyes of the main character. The reader shall thus see the character’s thoughts, emotions, and senses. But that is as far as the reader shall experience the story.

The second person point of view uses the ‘You’ form of storytelling. It tries to get the reader more involved in the proceedings of the story.  Here’s a link you can check out.

The third person limited point of view tells the story through the eyes of someone else other than the main character. It has the same advantages and disadvantages as the first person point of view type of storytelling. This is how it has the limitation in its name.

There is the third person omniscient point of view through which the storyteller sees and knows everything. This allows them to share all the details relevant to the story. There is, however, the danger of sharing too much information. This could confuse and overwhelm the reader.

You can get better at writing when you try and write using all of these points of view styles. You can do so for the same scene to help you perfect your writing skills. You shall thus learn to focus on what the character is ding through the first person point of view. The right person point of view will help reinforce your skills in recognizing the surroundings of the characters. This shall also help you perfect your first-person point of view writing skills, as you can now incorporate more details. Get more facts about POV at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-of-view_shot.

You will also get to learn more about the interaction of the characters before placing them in your story. You shall, for instance, get to understand the emotional states of the characters beforehand, and how the readers shall perceive them. This shall help you to introduce plot twists sometime further down the storyline. You can break the flow of a story thus making it more exciting and making the readers feel different emotions at each turn.

When you get to understand the impact of these different points of view, your writing shall become powerful. This shall thus prove to be a useful exercise to engage in. You will be in a position to produce a great piece of writing.


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