That Bloody POV

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It’s that part of the writing process again. You’ve already set the plot in motion. You already have your characters in place. One thing’s left to decide on: the story’s POV.

Every writer who write short stories, novels, or any type of prose knows this. The narrative point of view is essential to convey the plot to the readers.

Because really, how are we supposed to move the story forward without using a character POV?

I don’t know about you. But I prefer to use the first person narration than the third person view. Don’t get me wrong. Third person narration is pretty cool too. In fact, I use it in my ghostwriting projects.

But there’s something about the first person view that allows me to connect to the character on a more personal level. Like the character and I are one and the same. Like I’m actually living their life.

Which is depressing. Because my life is nowhere near their life’s level of coolness.

But depressing or not, that’s one of the best aspects of being a writer. You can create your own world, weave magical stories, and give birth to interesting and multi-faceted (read: bipolar) characters.

Ah, pure joy…

Or it’s just really depressing.

Though whatever POV I use, I tend to put a little of myself into the characters I write. Especially the female ones. So if you ever come across a couple books with crazy, paranoid, OC, and anthropophobic characters, I’ve probably ghostwritten them.

So what about you? Which POV do you prefer?


3 thoughts on “That Bloody POV

  1. Oh, POV. My age old nemesis. I’m used to writing in third person, maybe because they dominated the first books I read. YA fiction tends to have more first person and I didn’t get into those until high school. I wouldn’t say third person is my ultimate comfort zone but it’s the first option I think of most of the time. I tend to have wide casts and don’t like switching between first person POVs. That said, third person can be jarring to write; it’s always a struggle trying to figure out how ‘close’ I should get to the character’s thoughts and feelings. First person, on the other hand, flows from my fingertips much quicker and smoothly because it’s like reimagining myself as someone cooler. But sadly, the stories I write in first person tend to have 0.345% of plot.

    Strangely, I actually like to read novels in first person. Which might explain why third person can be such a pain.

    All the best with your writing!

    • I agree. And readers hate it when the author uses first person POV on all the characters. Guess that’s the edge of the third person narration over the first person. You can switch from one POV to another without confusing the readers. All the best with your writing too..=)

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