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Creative Writing - Point of View
Transcript of Creative Writing - Point of View
View Husband Wife Mistress Neighbor Private Investigator Child Objective Narrator POV
CHANGES the entire story!
- Facts Revealed
- Emotional Response Point of View
Options 1st Person Narrator - "I saw the crime"
2nd Person - "You saw the crime" (rare in literature)
3rd Person Narrator - "James saw the crime" First Person
- The author is writing in the
voice of the character
"I think.... I saw...." - ADVANTAGE - intimacy with the reader
- powerful "voice" & emotion
DISADVANTAGE - You're stuck in one character's skin
- Limited knowledge of events, limited vocabulary Unique options
First Person Several characters share their story in first-person
First Person -
Multiple Vision Telling the story from a minor
point of view - ADVANTAGE - Great at displaying a delusional protagonist
DISADVANTAGE - The minor character is not always there. - Works well for longer pieces of writing (novels, chapters to separate).
ADVANTAGE - the reader must engage on a more intellectual level. Another Option:
First Person Unreliable
Narrator Think "Tell Tale Heart" or "Catcher in the Rye"
- mentally insane
- a very young child
- a pathological liar
- a jealous lover
- an Alzheimer's patient
** to a certain extent - all first person narrators are unreliable ** Third Person
Narrator - The narrator is NOT a
character in the story;
it is simply a voice created
by the author to tell the story
"He did this... she did that..." Third Person - Single Vision
- the narrator describes the story through the eyes the "point of view" character
ADVANTAGE of Single Vision 3rd Person:
- unlimited vocabulary and "voice"
DISADVANTAGE - Just like first person,
"single vision" requires that the
character sees events that are mentioned.
Third Person -
ADVANTAGE - more information presented, more perspectives, more complex experience for the reader
DISADVANTAGE - can be confusing for the reader if divisions are not clear Third Person Omniscient
the "all-knowing" narrator Advantages:
- You can write anything about any character
(internal thoughts, etc.)
- You can build suspense; use foreshadowing
- The presence of the writer is usually felt
- It can feel impersonal to the reader
- It's harder for the reader to care for the
protagonist Third Person
Objective Narrator CANNOT speak about a character's thoughts... ANY character's thoughts. Everything must be revealed through First Person