“Novice and seasoned writers alike will find Point of View as essential to their narratorial pursuits as the field guide to the birder. Her comprehensive exploration of the intricacies of each approach, along with keen discussions of exemplary pieces, is sure to enlighten as much as it will delight its readers.”—Dr. Megan Sexton, author of Swift Hour
“Will go down in history as a great tool for serious writers, teachers, and students. It is a detailed analysis on the differences, pros, and cons with each POV, and gave me insight into my own style as a creative writer.”—Raafeke, author of Radiance Lost
“A beautiful blend of an intimate experience with useful information. Masterfully dives into the definitions and usefulness of point of view while also keeping the readers’ interests by sharing her own experiences as an author and a reader.”—John North, author of the Gorgon series
You are about to craft a new story. You have planned it all in your mind’s eye. The story. The characters. The twists and turns. But…from what lens will the saga be told? Whose eyes will the reader peer through to provide the greatest experience?
In P.O.V. The Eight Perspectives of Fiction, author Kristin S. Smith explains the different outlooks scribes have at their disposal, illustrating with short stories and excerpts from both her own works and some of the most famous authors in history to highlight the pros and cons of each. P.O.V. offers fresh insight for writers, English professors, students, and the curious.
- Will the narrator be neutral and reliable, or biased and off the mark?
- Should the lens be narrow and seen from the often tunnel-visioned viewpoint of your main protagonist, or should you take a wider overview where the motivations of your full cast become known?
- Should your readers be casual observers of events, or will you put them in the driver’s seat so that they feel like they are the heroes being chronicled?
A tale isn’t memorable because of intriguing plot twists and characters. It must be told in a way that is equal to its greatness. What point of view will help you pen the best story you’ve ever written?