Understanding and Choosing a Point of View

Guest Post by June V. Bourgo

Hi everyone. First, I would like thank Felita for asking me to do a guest posting on her site. Second, I’ll introduce myself. My name is June V. Bourgo and I’m an author with Fountain Blue Publishing.

When I first began writing, one of the things I really struggled with, was point of view (POV). Anyone who knows my writing knows I like to break the rules, or at least stretch them a little. However, having said that, there are some basic principles that must be followed with POV. Let’s look at the choices for POV.

  • First-person point of view is used when a character narrates the story with I, me, or my. The advantage of this point of view is that you get to hear the thoughts of the narrator and see the story through his or her eyes.
  • Second-person point of view, is when the author uses you and your. This is used very rarely, as authors seldom speak directly to the reader. Second-person point of view draws the reader into the story, almost making the reader a participant in the action.
  • Third-person point of view is that of an outsider looking at the action. The writer may choose third-person omniscient, in which the thoughts of every character are open to the reader, or third-person limited, in which the reader enters only one character’s mind, either throughout the entire work or in a specific section. Third-person limited differs from first-person because the author’s voice, not the character’s voice, is what you hear in the descriptive passages.

Now that you understand POV, which one is right for your story? Choosing your POV is an individual decision and one that should be dictated by the story itself, as well as, what you as the author want to convey. Do you have one main character you wish to speak throughout? Then you should choose first-person. First person POV can be limiting because you don’t know what the other characters are thinking. You can only observe them by what they say or do. If you wish more than one character to have a voice, then chose third-person omniscient or limited.

When I wrote my debut novel, Winter’s Captive, Book 1 of the Georgia Series, I chose to write it in the first-person because most of the story took place with my main character alone in a cabin. I wanted the reader to connect to her and believed first-person would be more intimate. But then, I broke the rules. I introduced secondary characters in other chapters that take place away from the cabin and wrote those chapters in third-person limited. I wasn’t sure I would get away with it. But my story was picked up by a publisher and was released October 3rd. I guess I did (me laughing).

In Chasing Georgia, Book 2 of the Georgia Series, I wrote the story in third-person because I wanted secondary characters from Book 1 to have more of a voice in the sequel. I, also, chose third-person limited, meaning that a whole chapter was written from the point of view of one of the characters only. I did this so that the reader could get to know that character and understand his/her thoughts and feelings. Especially since a couple of the secondary characters carried over from Book 1 weren’t necessarily likable in the original story and I wanted the reader to connect with their personality in Book 2. A missing Thread, Book 3 of the Georgia Series follows the same POV as Book 2.

I hope I’ve been able to provide you with some understanding of POV and if you are an author, I wish you every success in your writing. Please visit me at my Facebook Author Page or my Blog. See my links listed below.

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June V. Bourgo

Winter’s Captive, Book 1 of the Georgia Series is available in paperback or e-book format on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Chapters, and at Fountain Blue Publishing.

 

Chasing Georgia, Book2 should be released later this year and A Missing Thread, Book 3 is still in the writing stage.

 Author Links

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/june.bourgo/settings?tab=public&section=web_address

Web Site:   https://www.junebourgoauthor.com/

Blog Site:   http://losingcinderella.blogspot.ca/

Twitter:     @jvbug

Amazon:     http://www.amazon.com/Winters-Captive-Georgia-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00NWRRONO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414364265&sr=8-1&keywords=winter%27s+captive

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