In this week’s Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss point of view. What it is, what it isn’t, and why you need to know more about it.

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What is point of view, how do we use it, and what are the different nuances behind it? What is a narrator and how does the narrative voice effect the story? Did you pick the wrong point of view characters? And how can point of view create nuance and depth in your writing?

What we talked about:

What is Point of View? (0:46)

What is a narrator, and what types of narrators are there? (3:44)

How does the choice of narrator affect the voice, tone and view of the character in the book? (6:25)

The difference between literary point of view, narrative distance, the point of view character, and then multiple points of view. (12:23)

Have you picked the wrong point of view character? (13:57)

The difference between an impersonal and personal narrator. (15:00)

How do narrative voice and point of view complement each other? (18:04)

How the many facets of point of view create better writing. (20:00)

How can point of view make things feel fresh and new? (22:23)

 

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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

Want more about these topics? Check out:

60 Second Tip: Heart Your Narrator
60 Second Tip: POV Stranglehold

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