3 Ways You Can Use a First-Person Narrator to Tell a Better Story

3 Ways You Can Use a First-Person Narrator to Tell a Better Story

Using a first-person narrator is tricky and should be attempted only by the most experienced hand. In-house editors know this, which is why they no doubt cringed when they saw the opening chapter of my new release The Cat Lady’s Secret. Not only is it in first-person, it’s in present tense. To make matters worse (to make […]

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Vicarious Love: The Greatest Advantage of Multiple POVs

Multiple points of view—should you use them or should you not? More genre books than not use multiple POVs to present multiple protagonists–or sometimes just to give readers a glimpse at what’s happening behind the main character’s back. Usually, I’m more inclined to discuss their drawbacks, because, sadly, they’re more likely to be abused than […]

Are Your Multiple POVs Killing Your Story's Suspense?

Are Your Multiple POVs Killing Your Story’s Suspense?

This week’s video cautions against sharing too much information with readers at the expense of their investment in the protagonist. Video Transcript: A trend I’ve noticed among writers—myself included—is that we tend to love writing multiple POVs. We have all these characters that we just adore, and we want the opportunity to explore the mindsets and the activities of […]

Yet Another Pitfall of Multi-POV Stories

Yet Another Pitfall of Multi-POV Stories

This week’s video discusses the problem of POVs taking up too much space with too few plot points. Video Transcript: I want to start this week’s video with a disclaimer. As you can tell from the title, this is going to be yet another two minutes of me harping on the dangers of multi-POV fiction. However, I […]

The Biggest Danger of Multiple POVs

This week’s video cautions against the potential pitfall of having readers grow frustrated with multiple POVs as the result of liking one POV better than the other. Video Transcript: An author’s choice about which and how many characters to feature as point-of-view narrators is crucial to the story. The narrating characters will control the tone and flow of the […]

The #1 Factor to Consider When Choosing POV Characters

This week’s video uses William Faulkner’s The Town to show choosing POV characters will influence and ultimately control your story. Video Transcript: How do you decide which characters should be your point-of-view narrators? This is one of the most important decisions an author can make in planning his book. The characters who narrate will largely […]

Most Common Writing Mistakes: Overpowering First-Person Narrator

Stories told by a first-person narrator are increasingly popular these days. First-Person: “I went to school today.” Third-Person: “She went to school today.” First-person is often a narrative perspective that’s tricky to get right. The first-person narrator, more than any other type of narrator, is inclined to lapse into self-centered telling, in which the narrating […]

3 Guidelines to Determine if Your Book Has Too Many POVs

Point of view—frequently referred to as POV—allow readers to see the story through the eyes of a character. In most instances, a skillful use of POV limits the story to only what is apparent to the POV characters. As a result, writers are sometimes tempted to include as many POVs as possible in an attempt […]

Choosing the Right POV

Choosing the Right POV

Narrative point of view (or POV, as it is popularly known in writer parlance) is one of those things that writers often tend to take for granted. We come up with a story idea, sit down to write, and spend maybe all of thirty seconds debating between a first- and third-person POV. But this snap, […]