I am frequently impressed with the quality of the tutorials and information from my good friends at Reedsy.com. This week they provided me with the perfect blog topic wherein I don’t have to do anything other than introduce the topic.
Point of view (POV) is perhaps one of the most misunderstood topics for writers and one area where all too many writers go astray. Even among those who understand POV, selecting the right one for a story can sometimes be a challenge.
One of my complaints about many POV articles is that they gloss over omniscient POV or fail to discuss it properly, and very few articles do more than mention second-person POV as if it isn’t worth talking about. Anyone who tackles the subject of POV should do it properly because it’s important to understand ALL of the options, regardless of your personal preferences and prejudices for or against some POVs.
Another shortcoming of many POV articles is that they rarely provide more than a couple of examples. Since POV and voice are so closely linked, it’s important to see as many examples as possible.
I’m pleased to say that the Reedsy team has put together two absolutely superb articles on POV that nicely condense a difficult subject into a few well-crafted pages. The first explains the various POV options in depth, as well as the effects each could have on the reader. The second article provides numerous examples of each POV from possibly familiar works. I hope you find these enlightening and helpful in guiding your choice of POV.