Posts tagged point of view
Perspective in Creative Writing: Who Is Telling Your Story

Perspective is the lens through which you tell your story. Which lens you choose affects your reader’s experience and opinion of your characters. Make sure you’re making the best choice in protagonist, point of view, and your personal preferences for your story’s perspective.

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How to Format Transitions: Scenes, Point of View, and Time

When it comes to subtly improving your reader’s experience, nothing is more effective than strong formatting. To avoid confusion and jarring your reader and control your story’s pace, you need to transition between jumps in scene, time, and point of view. You also need to format these breaks consistently.

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How to Control Distance in Creative Writing

When a reader feels too distant from your piece, they are unable to connect with your characters, plot, and story. Without a connection, they might not finish your piece or recommend it to someone else. Luckily, distance is something you control through scenes, point of view, and tension.

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Ghosts by Sophie Calle: How to Read Like a Writer

Sometimes the story we wish to tell is not our story. In Ghosts, Sophie Calle uses a collection of voices to tell the story of missing museum art pieces. Learn how to combine interviews to create a larger story and build distinct character voices from Ghosts.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: How to Read Like a Writer

If you want to take your readers on an emotional journey and focus on the internal conflicts of your characters, read Milk and Honey. Rupi Kaur uses the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing of her life to create an emotional story arc in her poetry collection. Through different points of view, form, and the economy of words, she brings emotional truths to the forefront of her text.

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Creative Nonfiction: What Is It and How to Write It

To some the phrase creative nonfiction might seem like an oxymoron, but it isn’t. Creative nonfiction is about sharing your story, facts, and reality in a compelling way, so your readers are both informed and entertained. It grants writers the freedom to build scenes and play with form, while remaining true.

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Telling Your Story: Memoir vs Autobiography vs Biography

Are you writing a nonfiction story about a specific person? Is it about you or someone else? If you are, then you need to know the differences between a memoir, autobiography, and biography, so you can accurately categorize your book and appeal to readers looking for your story.

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Emily St. John Mandel: How to Read Like a Writer

Dystopian fiction is a popular current trend. If you want your story to stand out from the crowd, read Station Eleven. Emily St. John Mendel transforms dystopias. Through a twisted timeline, multiple points of view, and the importance of art, she speculates on how society might carry on after a pandemic deadlier than the Spanish Flu.

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Multiple Points of View: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Uses

Sometimes you need to tell a story from more than one character’s perspective, but you don’t want to have the distance of omniscient. That’s when multiple points of view can be the best choice for your story, but like all points of view, it has its pros and cons.

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Versailles by Kathryn Davis: How to Read Like a Writer

If you find historical events and people inspiring, read Versailles by Kathryn Davis. Davis transforms the famous palace to tell a story larger than the main character, while giving Marie Antoinette the voice and freedom to tell her own story. Discover how you can use these same techniques to enliven your writing.

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Omniscient Point of View: Benefits and Pitfalls

If you’re telling the story of a place or event or that requires revealing the inner thoughts and emotions of multiple characters, omniscient might be the right point of view for you. It is challenging perspective to pull off, so you’ll need to learn and manage the pros and cons.

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Transference by Kate Jonuska: How to Read Like a Writer

Often literary and genre fiction are at odds, but in Transference Kate Jonuska brings the two together through an extremely close third person point of view, snarky humor, and inner character conflict. You can learn how to blend styles by reading books like Transference.

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Third Person Close Point of View: Definition, Pros, and Cons

If you want to let your authorial voice shine and control the release of information, third person close point of view might be the best choice for your story. Only revealing a single character's inner thoughts and emotions has it pros and cons, though.

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Self-Help by Lorrie Moore: How to Read Like a Writer

If you want to try out a new writing technique or put your reader in an uncomfortable situation, the short story might be the format for you. Self-Help by Lorrie Moore is a collection of short stories that gives Moore the chance to have her readers walk in another’s shoes through second person point of view and create a variety of character voices.

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Second Person Point of View: Benefits and Pitfalls

Second person is one of the most difficult points of view to use, but in specific situations, it is vital. If you want your reader to not only live vicariously through your characters, but literally participate in your story, second person might be the best perspective for you.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: How to Read Like a Writer

If you’re writing an unreliable narrator or plot twists, check out The Girl on the Train. Paula Hawkins uses plot twists to build suspense and change perceptions of her characters. She also uses a variety of characteristics to make her narrators untrustworthy. Learn how to control the information in your story for similar effects.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: How to Read Like a Writer

An example of a narrator other than the main protagonist, The Book Thief uses word choice, form, and voice to show Death's perspective on humans during World War II. By studying Markus Zusak’s novel, you can learn how to do this in your own writing.

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3 Types of First Person Narrators: Benefits and Pitfalls

Who is narrating your story? Is it the snarky protagonist? A child? A murderer? While every person and character are unique, most first person narrators fit into three major categories. Understanding the pros and cons of each narrator type can be the difference between a successful story and one that falls flat.

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Hounded by Kevin Hearne: How to Read Like a Writer

If you’ve ever wondered how to write a page turner, read Hounded by Kevin Hearne. Using a narrator with an outstanding sense of humor, strategic chapter breaks, and a unique cast, this debut novel is a page turner worthy of a close read.

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