Tag Archives: POV

Practical Prompt 9-11-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Switch the POV in your scene from first person to third (or vice versa) and see how it changes the flow.

My Name Is …

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

I’m currently working on a YA novel with a 16-year-old female protagonist. The story is told from her point of view, and I’ve been struggling with something that should be simple: how to let my readers know her name. It feels forced no matter how I try to do it. So I went to my bookshelf and started reading to see how other authors have handled the matter. I also paid attention to when these authors introduce their protagonists’ names. In my completely unscientific and limited research, I noticed some trends, which I’ve done my best to outline here. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 4-24-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Prompt: Reconsider your protagonist. Why are you telling the story of your particular protagonist? Rewrite a scene from the viewpoint of a secondary character—or rewrite it multiple times from a different viewpoint each time. Are any of the other characters in a better position to tell your story?

Resource: Narrative Viewpoint

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

While banging my head against the wall considering my narrative options for one of my characters, I happened upon a wonderful and concise explanation for POV: Narrative Viewpoint, posted on Grossmont College’s website. There, I found a guide breaking down the various modes of Narrative Viewpoint, or POV – something that James Phelan’s book, Narrative as Rhetoric: Technique, Audiences, Ethics, Ideology, also does remarkably well if you have the time to read it. Continue reading