When it comes to telling a story, POV (Point of View) plays a major part in order to “Tell the story right” as John Travolta says in the movie, Basic.
There are three POVs:
First Person: Basically is I. I saw the cow jump over the moon.
Second person: This is You. This POV isn’t used much. You are dancing between beams of moonlight.
Third Person: Is She/He
In Third Person, you have Third person Omniscient and Third Person Limited. In Omniscient, the narrator sees all like God and Third Person Limited only sees himself but both POVs use He/ She.
Lachlan lingered in the courtyard. He refused to step inside. No doubt, he could find a widow to warm the night with. He just had to stay away from the Great Hall and Rowen. Damn, she was so beautiful sitting upon her horse. She was so near to him. He could have snatched her up and run away. He couldn’t go near her. He kicked at a rock. Why did MacLean have to permit the marriage here? –From Highland Scandal
But this post isn’t about this. This is about my POV preference and it isn’t what you think.
As a Romance Author, I write in third person limited. But my favorite POV is first person POV. Some people say that it is a hard POV to tackle. For me though, I love it. You must have heard about Method acting where the actor transforms into his character. When I’m writing, I do Method Writing. I take on my character. Ever action my character takes is one that I have weighed based on backstory, character development, goals, and conflicts.
When I’m writing, I am escaping just as much as I hope my readers are too. Another reason I prefer firstperson is I don’t feel separate from my characters. Readers (even I) can feel that in the writing. I suppose the reason I like it some much is because I have a lot of practice writing in that POV. Since I first started writing back when I was a little girl, I always wrote in first-person.
So, do you have a preference in both reading and writing?
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4 thoughts on “Eye of the Beholder: POV Choices from a #MFRW Author”
Great analogy between method acting and “method” writing.
It’s as close to acting as I can get. I’m horrible at it and knew this from grade school. That didn’t stop me from wanting to be an actress but now I “act” a different way.
I’m a fan of either 1st or 3d POV done well and consistently. I also like your acting analogy. Break a leg with your next book!
A good story’s POV can hold no importance as long as you can get into it and escape. Thank you, Rhonda for commenting and for the warm wishes.