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Chapter 6: Chapters 2, 3 and Beyond: Writing the Draft

Know Your Point of View: Which & Why

Melissa Ford Lucken

Deciding on the point of view (POV) for a character in a novel is an important decision that can significantly impact the storytelling and reader experience. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a POV for your character:

Character Development

Consider the depth of character development you want to achieve. First-person POV allows readers to intimately connect with the narrator, experiencing the story through their eyes and thoughts. This POV is ideal for showcasing a character’s internal journey, emotions, and unique voice. Third-person limited POV offers a more external perspective but still allows for deep exploration of a single character’s thoughts and feelings.

Storytelling Objective

Determine the overall objective of your storytelling. Do you want to focus on a single character’s experience, or do you need to convey multiple perspectives? First-person POV limits the narrative scope to the narrator’s direct experiences, thoughts, and knowledge. Third-person limited POV provides a narrower focus on one character’s perspective but allows for more flexibility in shifting focus to other characters when needed. Third-person omniscient POV offers a broader view, providing insights into multiple characters’ thoughts and experiences.

Plot and Conflict

Consider the plot and conflicts within your story. A character’s POV should align with the narrative’s demands. If your story involves a character with a unique perspective or a personal stake in the central conflict, first-person POV might be fitting. If your story requires exploring different storylines or viewpoints, third-person multiple POV can provide a more comprehensive narrative.

Reader Engagement

Consider the impact each POV has on reader engagement. First-person POV can create an immediate and immersive experience, allowing readers to connect deeply with the protagonist. Third-person POV can provide a broader perspective and offer insights into different characters’ motivations and actions, fostering a sense of intrigue and suspense.

Author Comfort and Style

Reflect on your personal writing style and comfort. Some writers find it easier to convey their character’s voice and emotions through first-person POV, while others prefer the flexibility and objectivity of third-person POV. Experiment with different POVs to see which one resonates with your writing style and best serves your story.

Ultimately, choosing the right POV involves considering the unique characteristics of your story, the depth of character development you desire, the narrative scope, and your own writing strengths and preferences. Don’t be afraid to experiment or revise your choice if it doesn’t serve your story effectively. The chosen POV should enhance the reader’s connection to the characters and contribute to the overall impact of your novel.



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