Point of View

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.

–Robert Lewis Stevenson

Point of View is the element of fiction that lets us direct and filter the reader’s experience. As such,it is one of the most important tools of the fiction writer. It is also trips up more writers than anything else I’ve seen. When you have a solid understanding of POV and how to manipulate it, you have mastery over your writing. You control what the reader sees and feels about people, places and events in your story. If you were to build a house, you’d start with learning to swing a hammer or handle a nail gun with accuracy. If you were going to shoot a movie, you’d learn how to control the camera to get the exact shots you planned. We’re writing novels and stories, and POV is our essential tool. The pages that follow will guild you through the essentials and unravel the mystery of POV.

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