Writing Up Wednesday #5: What’s Your POV?

Posted February 22, 2017 by Lizzy in Books/Writing / 5 Comments

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Welcome to the next week of Writing Up Wednesday! I’ve been so excited to see more people participating in this, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂 Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:

Writing Up Wednesday #5: What’s Your POV?

Point-of-view can make or break a book. The right one draws you in, gives you just enough information to keep you entertained and reading to see what happens next. The wrong one is nails on the chalkboard of your brain. If you’re not familiar with the different POVs, there’s an awesome, detailed article here on Novel Writing Help. There are 3 main POVs in fiction: first-person (a huge favorite in YA fiction), third-person limited, and third-person omniscient. I’m not going to get into a breakdown here – there are TONS of helpful articles around the web for that. So for now, think about your current WIP. Are you consistent with your POV, or do you use multiples? If so, do you handle it in a way that won’t confuse your reader? How did you settle on your POV?

I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to the POV in my current novel, to be honest. It just was. It just happened, and it felt completely right. I’m using a third person limited perspective, that of my MC. As it’s a fantasy, I can see some additional characters maybe jockeying for a turn eventually. Like my dragon. Pretty sure she will have a voice of her own that needs airing more than just as a side character. As it is, while I’ve done a LOT of her character development, both in my head and in written character sketches – I haven’t actually written her into the novel yet!

Personally, I don’t care for writing in the first person. It just feels…odd, to me. I can read it alright, but I think it’s a more difficult POV to do WELL. A lot of writers try to tell the reader things through the first-person, that that character simply wouldn’t know.

I can’t wait to hear from all you guys and what your thoughts are on this topic! Be sure to add your link to the widget. 🙂


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