Point of view

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Point of view

What's your favourite point of view? Why?

What is your preferred POV?

I prefer reading third person. For some reason the first person POV seems too intimate? But when I start writing I find that I tend to slip into the FP POV more easily...


Third is good

I'm in agreement - first seems way more intimate. I have experimented with using third tight (only one POV used, intimately, and at the exclusion of others) with another character written in first. I've also read authors who have used first and third for the same character, and I like that too. When I'm not concentrating, I tend to slip into omniscient, which has to be edited out. :)


Second person POV

Newbie question: What exactly is second person POV and how do you go about writing it?


Second person

"You sprint from behind the car, across the grass and kick open the door. Your nemesis is waiting and you shoot him. You didn't know you had it in you, but you did. You feel buzzed by your morning's work; your breathing returns to normal. You glance in the conveniently placed mirror and smooth your sweaty hair. You like your new punk look. Satisfied, you decide between the green and red doors, and run through.

[green door , turn to page 34, red door, turn to page 5]


When you write in second person, you're really requiring your reader to BE the protagonist. Of course, your protagonist is often some super hero guy, or psycho type, that means you don't identify with them.

This POV is used a lot in the teen "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. As reader, and protagonist, you decide each step. And each decision you take gives a different outcome, and a different way to the climax. Because of this, it's a little like playing a RPG - effectively you are, except in text, not on a screen.


It's very hard to write with realism, and difficult to read, too. Rarely used.


Second person pov

The most skilful use of second person pov I have ever read is Maria Shriver's 'We have to talk about Kevin'. She apears to be talking to Kevin's father all the way through and as you read you wonder where he is or what has happened to him. You find out at the end in the most startling way. It is an incredible twist. Very well done and an excellent example of second person pov.


A massacre in second

Thank you Suraya. I had not heard of the book but I will find it. I read reviews today; the plot is intriguing. And I will enjoy exploring something well written in second person.


We have to talk about Kevin

I absolutely loved the book. It draws you in specially because the start feels slow. By the time you're comfortable with the characters and the story telling, you can't put it down.


'We have to talk about Kevin'

Just a quick correction. 'We have to talk about Kevin' was written by Lionel Shriver not Maria Shriver. Glad you enjoyed it also Sumanda. It is a stunning piece of writing.


Me, myself, and I

I love writing in first person. Perhaps it's my ego that needs to get out, but I feel more comfortable writing this way. I'm trying to learn not to be so egocentric when I write. Perhaps if Freud were around, he could help me out.


I naturally write in tight

I naturally write in tight third person using stream of consciousness. First person tends to sound like me talking, unless I have a voice in my head; then it's like acting. The voice becomes my being. And I have experimented with second person, but that's only good for horror, I find. It's similar to photography when the light is coming directly below the subject and the rest is dark; it's very dramatic, so use seldomly. 

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