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Point of View in Fiction

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With Writing Show host, Paula Berinstein

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We’ve had a lot of requests for a show on point of view, so I’ve been researching the topic, and despite the fact that I majored in literature in college, I’ve been surprised by almost everything I’ve discovered!

In this solo show, I’ll share with you what I’ve found so far, including:

  • What point of view is
  • What the function of the narrator is
  • What types of narration there are
  • When to use the various types of narration
  • How to decide who should be a viewpoint character
  • What to watch out for when switching between points of view.

I’ll be illustrating my findings with lots of examples.

Paula B.

Interviewee: Paula Berinstein
Host: Paula B
Date: July 22, 2007
Running time: 50:42 minutes
File size: 25 megabytes
Rating: G

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5 Responses to “Podcast: Point of View in Fiction”

  1. JTennant Says:

    I loved your episode on POV in fiction. I’ve struggled with POV myself, and it was liberating to hear someone else say that mixed POVs are acceptable within a body of work. I’ve tried to tell others that myself, but my words have often been met with skepticism. We each need to find our own voice, I insist, and if that includes varying POVs, then so be it.
    Jean

  2. JTennant Says:

    I loved your episode on POV in fiction. I’ve struggled with POV myself, and it was liberating to hear someone else say that mixed POVs are acceptable within a body of work. I’ve tried to tell others that myself, but my words have often been met with skepticism. We each need to find our own voice, I insist, and if that includes varying POVs, then so be it.

  3. Administrator Says:

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the episode, Jean. POV is a very confusing subject, and I’m still figuring it out. However, ever since I did the research for the show, I’m noticing how authors are handling it, and some very successful ones are doing things that might be a bit questionable. Which only proves that the “rules” are pretty fluid.

    Paula B.

  4. xyz Says:

    I want you to know that I was profoundly influenced by your lecture. Writing fiction is my new found hobby, but as a reader I’ve been “studying” fiction for decades, reading and reading hundreds of books over and over, trying to discover the “craft” behind them. In one hour your explanations put so much of my intuitive appreciation into stark focus, I now don’t understand why it wasn’t clearer to me earlier! Thank you so much for this. Please do more “The Writing Story” segments like this.

    Joseph Fisher
    theLegacy.ePublicist.ca

  5. Administrator Says:

    Dear Joseph,

    I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the point of view show! In preparing it, I found that I had to go over principles and passages again and again before I really understood. I still find myself stopping when I read and saying, “Oh! Now I see. Well, he made a mistake!” or “Yes, he did it correctly.”

    I will be doing a lot more shows like this! Next week I’m presenting a brief analysis of how two famous fantasy authors introduce their worlds to readers. The authors are Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien. Hope you enjoy that one!

    Best,
    Paula B.