Point of View

Writing

Nine Ways to Describe Your Viewpoint Character

Three aliens sit next to an astronaut

One of the most common questions that comes up in writing is how to gracefully describe the point-of-view character. In limited perspective, the narration reflects what that character is thinking at some level. While it’s easy to work in description of other characters as soon … read more »

Writing

Making the Most of Your Narrative Premise

Three kids with luggage in a burning building on the cover of A Series of Unfortunate Events

Your narrative premise is the explanation for how your story is being told to the reader, and it sets expectations for how your narration will work. Your narrative premise can help you take advantage of different styles while avoiding changes that are off-putting. Read more »

Writing

Five Ways to Make Multiple Viewpoints More Engaging

a woman wears steampunk goggles on the cover of Boneshaker

Additional viewpoints are a valuable tool for storytelling, but they are drastically overused. Careless use of multiple viewpoints is so common that most writers would do better by using only one. However, since it’s obvious that writers won’t stop using extra viewpoints anytime soon, let’s … read more »

Writing

Narrating a Close Point of View

A magnifying glass focuses on a character in a painting

Many writers hope to create the immersive experiences they watch on a screen. Ironically, delivering the most immersive experience in writing depends on learning techniques that don’t exist in film. The narrative style writers need for this is close perspective. Read more »