Sunday, June 28, 2015

Writing Perspective-What Do You Want The Reader To See?


What path do you want your reader to walk when you write? How far do you want them to see, and how much focus are you going to give them into the characters in the story?  The more I delve into fiction writing, the more I think of these types of questions.  If I am to be real, I should write as I live, from the first person perspective. I can only see myself, and only see other things or other people when I am in their environment. In writing from this viewpoint, I allow the reader to follow me as the main character, and only see as far as I can.

However, since writing allows many liberties, I rather have the reader be "in the know".  They can see the big picture, and therefore be in on all the action in the story. From this third person viewpoint, the reader holds all the puzzle pieces and just has to fit them together.

A few years ago on my former blog, The Writer Today, I wrote a post (see below) on 'Writer's Perspective' which discusses the different points of view you can write from and the experience each holds for the reader. 

What is your writer's perspective? In other words, where are you going to place your "camera"? The vantage point from where your reader is going to watch the action-whose "head" will they be allowed to enter? There are several types of perspectives:

Third Person perspective-follows one specific character; story is told by an observer. Close third person-the "camera" is over the character's shoulder.(up close) Distant third person-is further away. You feel "connected" with this perspective and most books are written in this way. (Sidenote: You follow all the characters in the story with this point of view.)


Second Person perspective-is very rarely used and is not recommended when writing a novel. It uses the word "You", but it is harder for the reader to connect to the story using this perpective because it does not seem natural.

First Person perpective-you use "I" throughout the whole story with this perspective. It is the way you would write in your diary and the reader is the main character (narrator) and puts themselves in the main character's shoes.

As a writer, you have to pick one perspective to write from that you feel your readers will connect most with. The story you write and what type it is has a lot to do in deciding this. I prefer to use the third person perspective because it gives me more freedom to be in different character's heads, not just one.


What vantage point do you want to show your reader when you write?