Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Point of View

Our topic this month is POV, otherwise known as Point of View. I won't go into describing the different kinds of POV since I'm going to assume our readers have read the previous blog posts on the subject. So, instead, I'll get right into what type of viewpoint I like to read and write. 

Although I've heard it's not the most popular viewpoint, I absolutely love reading stories written in first person POV. I enjoy being immersed in the main character's perspective so that I see the entire story from his/her eyes. It gives the impression that you, the reader, are living this story. You only know and see what is revealed to the main character. So, if a whispered conversation is taking place in the next room, while the main character is arguing with someone on the phone, you won't discover what was whispered until the main character does. It really adds to the mystery and suspense, and for me that equals page-turner!

Here's an example of some of my favorite novels and stories written in first person point of view: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Anita Blake series by Laurell K.Hamilton, The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, and most of Kelley Armstrong's books, such as The Summoning.

Currently, my published e-books are all written in third person POV. I needed to see through the eyes of more than one character in these stories. Third person works very well for a romance story since you can visit the viewpoint of both the hero and the heroine to get inside thoughts on what they are thinking and feeling about each other. 

One thing I desperately try not to do is head-hop. Bouncing from one perspective to the other in the same scene irritates me and jars me out of the story. I break my viewpoints with scenes or chapters, so it's clear to the reader that we're looking through a different character's eyes. 

A great writing tip I learned from the fabulous Suzanne Brockmann is about deep POV. Basically, it gives you the impressions of first person POV, but it's actually written in third person. For example, write a scene in first person (using I's and mys), then swap out all the pronouns to third person (using he's and she's). You've delved deep into the character's point of view so it reads with greater impact and brings the reader closer to the character. 

What POV do you like to read?
Tricia Schneider worked at a bookstore for 12 years, 6 of those years as Assistant Manager. Now she writes full-time while raising her three young children. She lives with her WWII re-enactor husband in the coal country of Pennsylvania. For more information visit her website, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads or visit The Wild Rose Press to purchase her books.


  1. I don't have a favorite as long as it is well-executed. I'm not a huge fan of continuously switching p.o.v.s because I often get lost with who's thinking/seeing what.

  2. I feel the same about switching pov. It gets very confusing.