Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:59
on November 3rd, 2014 at 9:16 PM
“Why would I want to write in second person?” you ask.
“Well, maybe because you can capture a voice, mood and tone with it that no other viewpoint can,” I reply.
Before I answer that in detail, let’s first understand exactly what the second-person viewpoint is—and what it isn’t.
The excerpt below is from the first, and most famous, novel to be written in second person: Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney.
Monday, 17 February 2014 18:44
by Write Well, Write To Sellon February 17th, 2014 at 8:41 PM
Reposted with permission.
Last week I talked about head-hopping in terms of POV. As a refresher, head hopping refers to slipping out of the viewpoint of whichever character is narrating a scene and slipping into the viewpoint of another character in the scene, one whose thoughts and feelings the starting POV character cannot know.
I also discussed how this differs from the omniscient POV. In that POV, an external narrator is telling the story and is therefore able to enter into the heads of various characters because he knows what those characters are thinking and feeling.
A variant of head-hopping is the POV slip. This happens when the author inadvertently slips out of the POV character’s head to reveal something the character cannot be experiencing directly. Often this will be some reaction on the character’s own face (such as blushing) that he can’t see unless he’s looking in a mirror. However, the character can know what blushing feels like (warmth in the face or neck), so the author can (and should) express it this way.
Monday, 10 February 2014 19:08
on February 10th, 2014 at 8:55 PM
In two previous posts here (July 9, 2012 and July 23, 2012), I talked a little about point of view (POV), specifically first person and how to choose the best POV for the story.
Point of view is a lengthy and complex subject in writing, in part because there are so many possible POVs one can write in. Every story is told from the perspective of one or more narrators. Whoever is narrating the story at a particular time is termed the POV character. Moreover, a story does not have to be restricted to a single POV. Many novels are written using multiple POVs, although most short stories are restricted to just one, although this is not a requirement for short stories.
In an effort to simply this topic, let’s for the moment consider two broad POVs: omniscient and limited omniscient.
LIMITED OMNISCIENT POV is called limited because the narrator’s knowledge of the story is limited to the knowledge, thoughts, and feelings of ONE character. This narrator’s knowledge of other characters is based solely on what he/she knows of the other characters, but that knowledge cannot involve the thoughts or unexpressed feelings of any other characters (because the narrator cannot be inside the heads of those other characters–only in his/her own head.