I don't feel I have too much trouble sticking to one point of view when I'm writing--past-tense, present-tense things sure, lots of trouble, but point of view isn't too big a deal for me. I'm probably do not use the POV correctly half the time but it sometimes depends how the story is told. One of my story is mostly third-person but for a one or two sentences breaks the fourth wall to point out a little something to 'you'. Another of my story I have not bothered to write yet is supposed to be a jumbled mess of first person and third person POV--which will be kind of fun to write once I figured out the awesome villain.
It depends on the story I'm writing. I personally prefer the third person, but sometimes when I write in the first person I'm worried about the fact that the character I've chosen cannot see or expirience all the events, which makes me turn to chapters written in the third person.
SpacelanderRyoFeatured By OwnerMay 6, 2012Student General Artist
This is just some advice from an amateur, but: Imagine that you're imagining the story from the POV you want to be in rather than the one you aren't. Can you just imagine that you're imagining things? Nooo...
I've lately been trying to study this type of POV. Can't think of any master-writers, though. Hm. Isn't there a term for such goal-orientated characters? ... Can't think of it. That does sound like it would make things a tad bit more difficult, though.
Yes, I know what you mean. Additionally, I've found that it puts more of a distance between the reader and characters. Well, I've noticed it from one book in such a POV I've read.
I try and tell stories from a 3rd Person Perspective as much as possible. I've tried my hand at a few 1st Person Perspectives, but never quite found them satisfying to read. Then again I haven't written from that perspective for a number of years now, so my opinion might change. I tend to choose a perspective and stick to it as best as possible, can't recall if I've drifted perspectives at times.
I know I have had instances where I take a character's personal perspective and add it into the story so then the reader can understand what these characters are feeling or thinking and that then the reader can feel like they better understand these characters motives and personalities sooner than the other characters in the story. Could be victim to this problem, but I don't think I suffer from it. Tenses though I know for a fact I constantly am screwing up!
If I wanted to portray a "personal" story where I want the reader to feel more involved then I'd use 1st Person. Heck, all this typing makes me want to write something now .
I switch points of view constantly. I like utilizing third-person limited, so that readers get a glimpse of the circumstances of a number of individual characters, and leave them to piece together the big picture on their own.
I was wondering if anyone else had this problem! I find it hard to stick to one POV, because things sound good to me when i write it, but i then reread it and see that i have strayed to a few different povs!
I usually choose between first and third person, I've written twice in first person simply because it was suitable to the occasion, other stories I've written in third because I wanted to switch perspectives so it was more suitable for that story. I really do think it depends on the story and how you want it to come across, if you write in first person you're pretty much in someone's head.
Usually when I choose third person it's because I don't want anyone to read it from inside his/her head, but also because I want to use other characters later on. Also because the story just needs to be told in that matter.
For me, it depends on the POV. I tend to favor first person, because this allows me to fully enter the mind of my character, something I've enjoyed highly. Also, because we "live in first person", it's easier for me to write. All of my teachers who have read my work say I use it correctly.
I've never written in second and I totally refuse to.
Third person limited is very hard for me, because I don't know how much to limit myself. I know I use that incorrectly most of the times I've used it.
Third person omniscient is, for me, easier then third limited, but harder then first. I use it (and I like to believe correctly) for certain parts of my stories; namely prologues since I use those to show "back in time" events that are important to the main plot, but does not necessary include the main protag from the book.
What you say makes sense. I think that entering one's character's mind completely is probably the best thing about first person POV (although there are many things to like about it). I myself don't use it often, but had just started a story the day before yesterday, using this particular POV.
Everyone seems to hate this POV. I never want to use it either.
I have the same insecurities. I guess we just have to ONLY know what the POV character knows/sees.
I think I would use it the same way (although I would like to become a master of it, eventually).
Yes, that is true. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult -- especially if you are in the POV of a character who sees justice in the punishment of the innocent. Or something like that.
Well, I liked the Goosebumps books like that, but generally I don't care much for Second Person POV.
I have never really tried it, so I don't know whether I would have problems with it. Wouldn't it be similar to First Person POV, though, except with pronouns such as "I," "me," and "we" be replaced with "he/she," and "they," and such? If it is so, it shouldn't be too hard.
Yep, practice makes perfect -- for everyone, (of course).
Nah, I just pick one and stick with it. I can't tell you how I decide which to use. My main series uses 1st person almost exclusively, but I use 3rd person limited elsewhere. Either has its challenges and limitations as well as advantages. I have not yet found a use for 3rd person omniscient apart from brief prologues and such that will never see the light of day.
I don't recommend 2nd person be used at all outside of a "choose-your-own-adventure" story. I find it offensive.
I never do omni, it feels really awkward and I don't like it Point of view usually comes naturally to me, I start writing a story and I know instantly which POV I want and I can very much stick to it troughout the story and keep it consistent. It also depends on the theme and genre, I don't write action-centered stories in first person for example. Sorry if I don't make much sense. My english is... weird.
I am starting to feel the same way... Good for you. Sadly, it doesn't seem to be so for me. Practice makes perfect, though. Right? That makes sense. It would be painful. XD Don't worry; I understand you fine.
Oh, I don't know. I don't think POV has to be perfect to be used efficiently-- it's just that POV switches have to be used judiciously, consciously, and to derive a certain effect. In one of the latest short stories I wrote ( [link] ) I switch tense from past to present, and then from 3rd limited omniscient to 2nd-- it's done to suggest the narrator's confusion about the boundaries of his own psyche. John McGahern does something similar in his novel The Dark (and much, much better than I can).