Learn: POV in 60 Seconds
In an aim to keep up with busy schedules, this is an attempt at explaining POV within 60 seconds of speed read time. Learn POV in this quick overview.
Let’s see if any of this helps…
POV is short for Point of View. This is the voice of the story, so it’s an important part of every book. Not every POV is a good fit for your specific novel.
You should really consider POV before writing (but can always revisit it later – but it is additional work):
- Pick by a genre’s preferred POV. Look at what others are doing and understand why it works for them.
- Ignore the previous advice and write the story that is speaking to you. If you have a voice and style that works for the story, go for it. At the end, see if your beta readers and editor agree with your decision. Without risk, there’s no reward.
There are 3 Main Categories for POV:
- First Person: “I felt my skin prickle under the intensity of her stare.”
- Second Person: “You felt your skin prickle under the intensity of her stare.”
- Third Person: “Jane felt her skin prickle under the intensity of Mary’s stare.”
- Third Person Limited: Is when you’re focused and filtering the story through the eyes of one character.
- Third Person Omniscient: Is when you’re the puppet master of your world. You are god and the world is filtered through your eyes. You have a narrator’s voice. Don’t confuse this with head hopping.
Got it? Cool. But we’re going to have to explain, in detail, the different sub-styles of Third Person in another 60 seconds post.