Picking Your Book’s POV

There are basically three possible POVs (point of view). First person, second person, and third person. Each type has it’s pros and cons, and I would say most writers find one more comfortable than the others to write in.

Second person. I’m starting with my least favourite type. With a second person POV, you are writing the book to someone. The best example of this is probably the choose-your-own-adventure books. My sister has a Titanic version of this and loves to see if she’ll live or die depending on her choices which is somewhat morbid. I’m sorry but I’ve never really enjoyed those books.

Third person. This is probably my favourite style of writing – not necessarily reading it, but for a long time this was what I was best at writing. What I love about writing in third person is that you’re not stuck to following the story of one character. You can explore minor characters, and can send your characters on their separate ways and still follow each of them in the story. I think it’s a lot of fun to write in third person because you have a lot of options. It’s arguably easiest to have secrets in your stories when writing in third person, and it’s fun writing the reactions to these secrets because you get to explore everyone’s reactions and how decisions affect your characters, not just your MC (main character). An example of books written in third person would be the Harry Potter series.

First person. Told from the POV of the MC, books that are written in first person allow the reader/author to get closer to the MC. Books written in first person are the Percy Jackson series, The Fault In Our Stars, the Hunger Games, etc. (A lot of YA fiction is in first person). You can also write in first person but switch between several characters, which is a way to get around the setback of not being able to follow the story of characters even after they go on different paths. Some authors do this just for the last book (Breaking Dawn and Allegiant). When writing in first person be aware that you can have an unreliable narrator, since you only have one side of the story, and your MC might even be lying to his/herself.

What is your favourite POV to write/read? Why?




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