The Writers Room – Points of View

hello and welcome to the writers room my name is Marcus I'm an aspiring wire offer and I want to welcome you back if this is your first time hello to you this week on the writers room we are looking at points of view which ones you should use when and some of the pros and cons of using them so if you're new to writing you might not be aware about how many sort of different types of points of view there are now generally speaking there is considered to be four major points of view these break down into first-person narration second person Rhaetian third person limited and third-person omniscient so let's start with first person now first person basic Germany takes it into being that you are inside the mind of that character and it's very much I said I did and I fought and generally along that sort of lines second person often refers to the narration coming from the character directly to the reader so this is all done in you said you did you fought and that's the technique of second person it's very rarely used in general and I'll explain about that later and then we've got the two different third person points of view and third person effect v looks at our characters from outside of their parameters therefore it is they said she did he fought stuff like that and therefore you're getting that external gap between you and the characters that you're reading about of course there's two different versions I mentioned that there's limited and omniscient and a very broad way of trying to explain the difference between two of them is third person limited is when you have effectively your viewing point very close to the actual character in question though you might say she did this he did this they did this it's very much on you have the world as it is from their point of view so you can only really see what they can see you can only interact with what they understand and therefore the limitations are on the greater wider aspects of the world if a character that character doesn't know what the bad guy is doing a mile away then the reader doesn't know you're kept closed off from this grander scale that is omniscient as you can guess and this basically plays that role of the narrator the all-knowing narrator the what I like to call the DM narration for those guys who play D&D you'll get what I mean you know everything that's going on in the world you know how the characters are reacting into it and therefore you're able to install more information into the actual storyline and the plot and the pacing then can be injected or understood by the characters themselves you are an omniscient presence in this world so knowing what they are is all great and stuff but when to use which so to keep this video nice and short and simple I'm just gonna break it down mainly into first-person and third-person the reason why I'm gonna skip over the second person his second person is incredibly difficult to do and it's not often done sometimes used in thrillers and crime mysteries when the reader is referred to as presently as you and your understanding you're piecing it together but it's difficult and I don't fully grasp it because it's not a technique that I use myself and therefore we're gonna skip that one over so let's look at first and third quickly well an easy way to break down which one we'd like to use is with quick pros and cons to both of them so first person what's the pros to first-person well it's personal is very intense your understanding the characters emotional state their characters understanding and their moralities to the actions they're taking everything is very much ingrained in becoming immersed with this character some of the best especially why I write in why I why I uses a lot of first-person because it wants his readers to have an immediacy you know you want to grow and like these characters and therefore first-person often does that because being so close and heavily invested with them it offers that support now as for a con the problem is with that you have that person's perspective and there's really nothing else to to go on you know then less you jump out of that single character's perspective and sometimes an author will have multiple first-person perspectives you know nothing else to what's going on the story so it can really narrow your storytelling capabilities because of that okay so what about third person now third person limited has quite a lot of the same constraints as first-person because the narrow focus of the lens you're using to view this story with basically that character that you're following whatever they know you understand you often have a lot of the reflections of first-person narration with understanding their emotional state understanding how they approach problems and the morality that they are governed with so therefore there is a growth there with third person limited again very popular with yaa but also very popular with fantasy so that we can build a character arc and so fans can enjoy the characters but I'm missing one of the big pros for missing it would be the fact that you know everything that's going on and as the narrator you want to chip in about some of the world context as the hero or protagonists are walking down the dirty streets of the draggled town that's just been raided by bandits well there you go you can do that because as the narrator you know about the bandits and why this town has suddenly become under their plight and you can give that to the reader you can add that for extra world building similar contexts are open to you where you can get inside the mind of the bad guy and be like ah hahaha why is he doing this well because actually we can bounce outside of this very limited point of view and look at the wider aspect that his actions will take upon the world so what about a corn well the cons again third person limited will often be the same you only know what these guys know well of course you have a slightly more external view of the world that's going on it's still very much in their point of perspective where is that omniscient view that we're going to go back to a con for that really is the problem is that you have a jarring sort of distance between the characters and the reader can they really build such a tight close-knit relationship with a character when they are kept at an arm's distance that's really the tricky balance that you try and find where a lot of people who want to have their characters become more than just words on a page often you'll find those writers are going for first-person narratives or third person limited because the characters are what's driving the story now this is starting to get a little bit into writing plot versus writing characters and we'll get into that another day but looking back you're sitting there going there is a distance created with omniscient perspective because you are not just solely investing in that single perspective and so that is a con for third person on the seein how so this is starting to get a little long so let's wrap this up shall we so question what perspective should I use Marcus answer it's up to you now the great thing about being a writer is you have to just stick with one sort of style of writing you know to stick to one POV different stories and different genres prefer different vov some of them just generally do tend to lean to different ones but hey you don't have to stick with that do you want to try second person crack on try it you might fail spectacularly you might pull off the greatest storytelling experience you've ever had it's all about giving it a try when it comes to writing you never know what point view is gonna actually appreciate your story until you get down and sit down and write it so it goes back to a couple weeks ago where we said no those steps of writing step number three just write keep writing and you'll find that you'll naturally have a POV you tend to lean to one that you feel strong in something that you are confident in writing in and that's awesome so let's use that okay that's it now for this episode I hope you enjoyed it if you did like this why not give it a quick like down follow the arrow down to the the box below hey have you subscribed yet no well why don't you click that shiny red button and subscribe that way you can get your hands on my new content that comes out every Wednesday for the writers room I also release the book review every Friday where I'll rate a new book I'm always interested in connecting with other authors and writers so if you did want to chat leave us a comment down below or hey check me out on one of the many social medias I've got I put their links in the description box below I love to chat to write as I love to chat to new people it's all good let's grow this community because it's a wonderful thing ok that's it for now so until next time happy writing you

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