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NaNoWriMo Day 15: POV

Well, on Day 4, I was planning on talking a bit about point of view (POV for short), but other things came up, and I haven’t been able to come back around to it.  Until now!

If you’re a writer then you should already know the basics about POV, but if you don’t, or you’re not a writer, I shall give you a little rundown of it.  Point of view is basically the person who’s eyes the story is being told through.  POV is very important in writing because it tells us who the narrator is, or who the view point character is, this helps readers to know how to take the setting of the story and who’s mind they’re in.  Let’s say the story is in the point of view of a 16-year-old girl.  A 16-year-old girl won’t think or act like a 35-year-old man!  It’s important to make sure her POV is correct to the way she would view the world or the situation she’s in.  The story will be happening as she sees it, not how others see it, unless the POV changes.    If you want to know more about POV, check out Wikipedia’s page about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narrative_mode

For the most part, most of the story that Lizzy and I are telling for our NaNoWriMo project, The Pharaoh, has been taken from either Seti’s or Husn’s point of view.  We’re seeing the events unfold through their eyes, so to speak.  There are a few chapters were we have other view point characters, but Seti and Husn make up the majority.  One thing that’s important about this is not to head hop.  When a chapter or scene is in one person’s view point, it needs to stay there for the remainder of the scene or chapter.  If we’re in Husn’s head then suddenly in Seti’s with no warning, the reader becomes lost and confused, because they don’t know who they are supposed to be for this scene.  That takes them out of the story!  So they’re no longer in ancient Egypt in the palace of the Pharaoh, but in a chair reading a book.  You want your readers to be inside the story, and POV is one thing that helps keep them there.

The funny thing about co-authoring is that we both need to write the characters, there have been chapters that I’ve written that is in Husn’s POV, and there have been chapters that Lizzy has had to write that is in Seti’s POV.  This can be difficult at times because she doesn’t always know how to write Seti and I don’t always know how to wrote Husn, which is where communication is key.  We work on it together until we know that we have the mind set of the characters in place if we’re going to be writing in their point of view.  The point of all this is that POV is important, and we’re having fun writing our characters in this story, because we’re seeing it though their eyes!

Current word count for The Pharaoh: 41,757/50,000

Catch ya next time at The Paradigm!

Andrew Ronzino, AKA Spaceman Spiff!


Comments on: "NaNoWriMo Day 15: POV" (4)

  1. Deciding POV is one of the most exciting parts of writing to me. I find that it is usually the key to filling in the blanks and adding depth. I love the challenge, too, of not being omniscient, although I do give my narrator that power every once in a while in the rough draft to keep the momentum going.

    • I know EXACTLY what you mean! It’s tough sometimes to remember “Oh, that character should know that! They weren’t there, nor were they told about it.”

      I hate head hopping. I read a book recently that had so much head hopping that I hated it in the end. There were other factors into it too, but that was the first thing I noticed…you were never in a character’s head for more than a paragraph or two when it suddenly changed. It was awful!

  2. If you hate headhoppoing, don’t read Virginia Woolf. Not only does she jump from character to character (her writing style is called stream of consciousness), depending on the story you are reading, you may find yourself observing the world through the eyes of a snail (no joke).

  3. […] It will be cleaned up and polished later.  The second thing is that this scene is taken from Seti’s point of view.  Here it is, enjoy: As he walked giving his assistant orders for the next day, a tall and […]

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