Point of view is one of the most powerful tools in a writer’s arsenal. It’s also one of the most misunderstood. Poorly executed ‘viewpoint’ can make what could be a memorable story unreadable. Skillful use of the right point-of-view can make a so-so story a ‘keeper’ that the reader can hardly wait to share or read again.
Many books and classes on Point of View tell you, “You MUST do this,” or “You MUST do that.” This book tells you there isn’t a right or wrong point of view. There is a ‘best’ point of view for the story you are telling. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of using various points of view—with examples of each–helps the author choose the POV that will enhance and make the most of his or her story. The material also includes a General Rules for Effective Use of ANY POV. Writing for the Reader: Creating the Magic that Creates Fans, the second book in the Tips, Tricks and Tools of the Writer’s Trade series is now available.
Author Alfie Thompson has presented her Point of View workshop numerous times over the past 20 years and has never presented it for any group or conference where she wasn’t asked back to give the same presentation again (and sometimes again and again and again). New York Times Bestselling authors have praised the material with comments like “the best POV information ever.” After Thompson’s POV presentation at a regional conference some years ago, master teacher and author Alicia Rasley asked if Thompson would mind if Rasley used the material she’d heard in the workshop. It was a pleasant surprise and personal compliment when several years later, Rasley sold the book, The Power of Point of View: Make Your Story Come to Life to Writer’s Digest Books. If you want a detailed book with all the ins and outs, Thompson highly recommends this one. If you’d like to understand why different points of view serve different purposes in telling a story and the role each POV plays—along with tips for properly using whatever POV you choose–you will love and learn from this small but informative overview.