Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday Tips: POV -- A Problem?

As I've read fellow teen's writing, I've noticed some problems. And I've decided to present a series of posts on these pesty bugs. And the first problem? POV.

Problem #1: What's POV mean?
This is something you should learn if you hope to become a professional writer. It's writers lingo, which is always important to know. So, POV? Simple. It's the abbreviation for Point Of View.

Problem #2: What's Point of View?
The simple answer is that Point of View the View Point the story is told from. Whose head are we in?

The long answer is much more complicated. There are three different Points Of View.

The first is called First Person. Go figure.
First Person is when the narrator, who is a character in a story tells the story about another character in the story or about themselves. It uses the pronouns I and Me.
Two books told in first person are Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.

Here's my own example:

"You shouldn't be here" I said.
The boy on the ground shrugged, although how anyone can shrug when their hands are tied behind their back is beyond me.
I knelt on the floor next to him, holding a dagger to his throat.

You see? There is a character in the story and we are inside his or her head.

The second POV is called Second Person.
Second Person is when you, the reader, are addressed as a character in the story, normally the main. It uses the pronoun you. Imagine telling someone about who they are after they've had amnesia. This style is rarely used, and I can only give an example of selected sections of Conspiracy of King by Megan Whalen Turner.

Here's my example:

You're running. Again. If you owned a gold coin for every time you ran from something, you'd be richer then the king.
Behind you someone yells, "Stop thief!"
But you don't stop, because the people behind you want to kill you.

And the last one? We'll leave that for next week.


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