Narrative Points of View

Where I’m at Wednesday May 28, 2014

In order to deviate from boredom, I am juggling three chapters at once. I have created different situations for my characters, but some things cannot wait until I get to them later. Since there are three different stories going on at the same time, it helps me to stay enthusiastic for the finish line. I am hoping to be done with the first draft by June or July. Then I will suffer the endless need to perfect before sending the manuscript to the editor.
Confession time! I am a procrastinator, so if I can finish a book you can too. Don’t think about the “ifs” “hows” or “buts”, just do what you are doing–write! 
Take care my friends. 🙂


Narrative points of view

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1st Person-

is told by a narrator or main character—through their eyes, using the possessive words “I, me, my, mine”. The effective feature, in regards to writing a first person narrative, is that the reader can better understand the characteristics and inner monologues of the main character. An audience develops a deeper bond with the protagonist’s emotions, physicality, and thoughts. Even though there are many advantages, first person has a disadvantage as well. The audience’s perspective becomes limited by your character’s point of view.




 2nd Person- 

(rarest of narratives) refers to the readers as “you”. It’s mostly found in “choose your own adventure’” books that were popular in the 1980s & early 1990s.




image3rd Person-

(popular choice of narrative) gives the writer full freedom to show different angles of the story through several characters’ viewpoints—delves into each characteristic or emotion, and develops scenes around them. Even though I have written in first person, I prefer the freedom that third person allows.
There are other forms of narratives, but they mostly deal with alternating between first and third person.
The fun thing is choosing the narrative you prefer. As a prompt, I suggest cutting-out  a magazine picture. It can be a man or woman. Then write two stories- one in first person narrative, and the other in third. Give it a try.



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