Re-read your most recent piece of fiction and experiment with point of view. What would happen if the story was written in third person omniscient? How about second person? Should you tell a third-person story in the voice of a single character? Rewrite a scene from your work in progress with a new point of view. You may re-discover the voices, thoughts and actions of your characters.
Here is a quick refresher course on point of view.
- First person singular: A story told by a single narrator. Uses the pronoun “I.”
- First person plural: A story told by a group of narrators. Uses the pronoun “we.”
- Second person: A story in which the narrator addresses the reader. Uses the pronoun “you.”
- Third person limited: A story in which the narrator knows the thoughts and actions of a single character. Uses the pronouns “he, she.”
- Third person omniscient: A story in which the narrator knows the thoughts and actions of multiple characters. Uses the pronouns “he, she, they.”
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