Point of view is one of the most important decisions that a writer makes when writing a story. This is because point of view dictates how close the reader comes to the characters as well as how the narration is related to the reader. It is trendy these days to get as close as possible, so that the reader feel as though they are in a character’s skin. Of course how close or far from the the reader gets to the characters is dictated by the story content.
If we look at the various points of view available we can see that each has different attributes that can be both helpful and hindering to our writing. When deciding on point of view the writer needs to be aware of what each point of view can bring to the table.
First Person Singular: This point of view uses the pronoun ‘I/me/my’ to express who the narrator is. Since the reader is usually in the narrator’s head this point of view can be used to bring the reader close to a character. Often the downside is that the setting and actions of characters are overlooked. So while we can come very close to a character and see the world through their eyes, we also run the risk of placing the reader in a sort of limbo where they feel like they are lost in someone’s head...
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