Tuesday, March 27, 2012

[Link] Point of view -- the five big questions writers need to answer

by Lynda Martin

What do we mean when we use the term point of view?

The first thing to do is set aside the common use of the phrase as synonymous with opinion. It is certain that your personal point of view on life will leach into your writing, but that is not the definition we’re after here.

When we use this term relative to writing, we are speaking of the most complex element of fiction. In basic form, we refer to the relationship among writer, characters and reader. What is the vantage point given to the reader to “see” what is happening? Who is standing where to watch the scene?

The chart below shows us the five major questions that must be answered to determine the point of view of our story. Each of these issues are carefully answered by the author (sometimes unconsciously) to convince us to share the same perspective. We’re going to look at them one at a time.

Continue reading: http://lmmartin.hubpages.com/hub/Good-Writing-Is-8-Point-of-view-the-five-big-questions-writers-need-to-answer