FACT: The Point-Of-View
Chosen For Your Book Could
Make Or Break Your Sales!
The Differences Between Perspectives
& How To Use Them In Your Storytelling
First person perspective? Second person perspective? Third person perspective?
New fiction authors typically struggle with the question of what POV (Point Of View) to use when telling their story.
All new fiction writers have questions about writing style...
- Is it better to write in present tense or past tense?
- Is it better to write in first person or third person, or should we use a narrator?
As a novice fiction writer, these are the kinds of questions that could keep you up at nights worrying about whether you are wasting your time or spending it well.
There are no wrong answers to those two questions. The right answer depends entirely on the story you want to tell and how much you want to give away to the reader during the story.
In the first person perspective, you will be telling your story through the eyes of your main character.
In the third person perspective, you will be telling your story from the outside looking in, much as they do in movies and television.
With that having been said, there are stories that have been told successfully in movies and on television that were delivered from the first person perspective. It can be done, but doing so requires a little more attention to be paid to the details of what the viewer/reader will see, when experiencing your story.
Inside this 27-page PDF, we are going to open your mind to the specific considerations of choosing one POV over another, and the many details you will need to incorporate into your story to effectively use the perspectives you have chosen to use.
As they say, "The devil is in the details."
What that means is that you need to have a good understanding of the individual details concerning the decisions you are about to make, in order to avoid making big mistakes that could come back to haunt you later.
It is far better to understand where you could get in trouble and how to avoid those troublesome issues, before you have invested too much of your time going down the wrong path. Of course, you can fix all of these problems later, if you want to spend a lot of your time doing major edits and rewrites.
There are some writers who unconsciously make major POV errors, by jumping from one point of view to another several times in a story or even in a single scene.
This is problematic, because if a reader has to work too hard to keep up with who is speaking in the moment, it could lead the reader to abandoning your book before finishing it. This is the kind of thing that leads to unhappy customers, bad reviews and low sales. So it is definitely something that we want to avoid doing.
While discussing this particular product with Britt Malka, she told me:
"I read a book recently that switched between 1st person POV and 3rd, even within a chapter. It was horrible! I didn't finish reading that book."
This is a problem that can easily be avoided, should you choose to take a little more time to make sure you are telling your story in a way that will be satisfying to your reader.
There are also other writers who consciously make the decision to shift from one POV to another within the story, in order to tell a bigger story. This was done in one of the follow-up books in The Lightning Thief series. The author spent an entire book changing the point-of-view at each chapter break, and it worked out well. I mention this only because it can be done, when it is done consciously and when it is done correctly.
Once you have finished reading this guide, you will be in a position to be able to make a conscious decision about which point-of-view you will want to use, and you will be able to make an educated decision about when and how to change perspective within a single story, while maintaining the interest of your reader.
with "POV Mastery"
Using specific examples from video games, movies, television shows and books, "the professor" -- my favorite ghost writer -- does an excellent job of teaching us:
- The differences between first person, second person and third person perspective. -- A tool is only useful if you know the right way to use it.
- When we should use first person, second person and third person. -- Get this right, and people will enjoy your stories more fully.
- How to avoid the common pitfalls of each POV. -- You might be a novice, but you don't want reviewers pointing it out to others.
- What perspectives are common to specific genres. -- Give readers what they expect.
- Why first person should be avoided in certain types of stories. -- If you screw this up, readers will abandon your book in droves.
- How video games blend perspectives and how you can use that technique when telling your stories. -- Video games are an interactive form of storytelling. You can learn a lot about writing fiction, by studying popular video games that employ multi-level stories within the game. In 2013, "Call of Duty: Ghosts" set a record for reaching one billion in sales on its first day. At $50 per copy, that is 20 million copies sold on day one.
- Why a certain style of video game typically avoids first person and uses third person almost exclusively. -- Avoid this mistake to prevent exhausted and angry readers.
- How third person allows you to build a deeper story, with many more layers to it. -- Doing so will allow you to develop a more satisfying story that will appeal to more readers.
- How to build a deeper mythology within your stories. -- When readers better understand the background elements of your story and its characters, people are more inclined to fall in love with your story.
- Advantages and disadvantages of first person storytelling. -- Make a confident decision about whether to use this perspective.
- How using perspective can make your stories more believable, or not. -- Creating a believable story is the backbone of writing great fiction.
- How to make first person, present tense more appealing to readers. -- Happy customers leave good reviews and tell their friends about your book.
- When first person perspective is the better way to tell your story. -- Emotionally driven stories live longer in the memories of book consumers.
- The genres that are best-suited to first person perspective. -- Some of the most memorable stories of all-time were written in first person perspective.
- Advantages and disadvantages of third person storytelling. -- Hollywood relies on third person storytelling to drive an industry.
- How to write -- in style and tone -- a third person narrative that is more appealing to readers. -- Creating an awesome reader experience will help you win an audience of raving fans who will want to read every book you write.
- How to shift between first person and third person perspective to manipulatively force your reader to draw a specific impression and conclusion that you want them to have about a person or event. ("Manipulation" seems like a bad word, until you realize that this technique was used to great effect by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series.) -- When you can control a reader's emotional reaction to your story, you will be able to always leave them wanting more.
- Using the reader's natural bias to lead them to conclusions that may or may not be correct, for the sake of introducing additional tension into the story. -- This is the secret to telling an interesting, compelling and entertaining story.
- The genres that are best-suited to third person perspective. -- When you give readers what they expect, there will be fewer reader complaints about your story.
- When and why to use a narrator in your story. -- Some stories are easier to tell when you employ a narrator.
- How to use third person to create unexpected and unpredictable surprises in your story. When done well, it makes for a much more entertaining story. -- Keep readers on the edge of their seats, and create situations where they will be surprised by the outcome.
- When and why to use multiple voices to tell your story. -- Your readers will appreciate being able to follow the story from several viewpoints.
- The challenges of telling a story from the perspectives of several characters. -- There are several landmines in a story with multiple characters. Don't get caught leaving your readers unsatisfied.
- How to avoid common pitfalls when telling a story from the perspectives of multiple people. -- When you understand the common pitfalls, you will know how to prevent these kinds of problems in your stories.
- And more... -- In the end, better-written stories get more positive reviews and sell more copies.
When The Author Pays Close Attention
To All Decisions Made Concerning POV
It really doesn't take that much more time to consider how you will use perspective inside your fiction stories.
You should be making conscious decisions about the POV's you will use within your story.
Perspective errors -- Point-of-View problems -- are the result of authors who failed to pay attention to the important details of the story.
Authors who screw up the POV pay a high price in doing so, earning far less than those authors who get the perspective right at every point in their stories.
The important thing is that you are aware of your POV choices and why you chose the way you did.
It is perfectly okay to change POV's within your stories -- many great stories have used changing POV's to tell really interesting stories. So long as you are able to change points-of-view in a way that your reader can follow along without any confusion, then you are in good shape to tell a very compelling story that could help you find a lot of critical acclaim for your story, which in turn will result in powerful sales numbers for your book.
As book authors, most of us strive to create great books. We enjoy the craft of creating a story that others will love to read.
But, in order for us to do this full-time, we need to make sure we get paid for the stories we create. To ensure a happy ending for you as the author, you absolutely need to create a story that people will love, so that more people will be reaching for the buy button.
Point-Of-View is one of those things that you must get right, if you want a lot of people to buy your books.
If you have been struggling with how to get the Point-Of-View right, then "POV Mastery" will help you reach your goal of finding lots of happy customers with deep pockets, who buy every book you write.
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"POV Mastery: Telling Your Fiction Stories
from the Best Point Of View"
P.S. Bill Platt has hired a ghost writer he calls "The Professor," because at her day job, she teaches her students how to write fiction -- in her college literature class. The Professor created the foundation of this guide to help you to learn how to become a better fiction writer.
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