You’re thinking about a story. Often you just jump in and start writing and I think that’s the best way to do it. But you could ask yourself point of view (POV) questions: Should I write this as “I,” or would it be better as “She?” Which character should I use to tell the story?
1. Which way SHOWS instead of TELLS?
2. Which character supplies the:
- reader identity
- author’s message
- the show – not the tell
3. Which way gives the most EMOTIONAL impact?
4. Which way is easiest for the writer’s ability
I’ve heard it said that experts can judge a story in the first few paragraphs by how the writer handles point of view.
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