Thoughts on Writing: Point of View

Have you ever looked at an object through different lenses? Let’s say you look at the blue sky while wearing red-tinted glasses. The sky is going to look purplish. Let’s say you look at a while wall with goggles that are splattered with mud. The wall you see is going to look dirty too. And let’s say you tie a thin, sheer piece of fabric over your eyes and then try to walk down a staircase. You’re not going to see much of anything then. And actually you might trip and fall down the stairs with your impaired vision. (Don’t try this at home, kids!)

So what I’m trying to say is that your viewpoint is important and it can change depending on how you look at something. When you are writing something, point of view is definitely something to consider. Should you tell this story through the eyes of your character or from an outside perspective? Choosing the right point of view can make your writing more effective.

So let’s talk a bit about the different point of views to choose from, what situations to use each one in, and then hear some other perspectives on the topic from other writers as well.

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Thoughts on Writing: Beginning with the Basics

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a story is getting started. You might have an inkling of an idea, but no clue where to go from there. I have this problem a lot, so I’ve put together a sort of template to help get us moving through the writing process. This is probably the most helpful for someone trying to write literary fiction, but I believe this can also easily apply to any sort of fiction writing. Of course, what works for me might not work for you, but everyone’s gotta start somewhere. So let’s begin with…

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