Point of View: Whose Story is This, Anyway?
Point of view (POV) is one of the issues most-often called out by editors, and can be a difficult skill for many writers to wrap their heads around. But solidifying your novel's POV can be easier than you think. Looking beyond current trends and some long-standing myths, we'll narrow the discussion down to a few simple but essential concepts that'll help you choose the approach that works best for your story (first person or third person?) and your audience (multiple POVs?, third person limited?).
Open to authors in all genres of fiction who are ready to lock in on a deep POV and hold on, pulling your readers and your characters closer and closer together in a shared experience.
Philip Athans is an editor and author with more than thirty years experience working on a wide range of fiction and non-fiction in all forms and with authors at every stage of their careers.
This 60 minute tutorial video offers practical advice for wrangling your story's point of view, covering:
- The Three Choices (first, second, and third person)
- Third Person Limited vs. Omniscient
- Multiple POVs
- Emotional Distance and the Shared Experience
If you can answer the question, “Whose story is this?” before your novel gets to your readers, they won't have to ask!