Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Vanessa Place, 2013. Photo: Patrick Greaney.
General Writing Point of View
The point of view is the perspective that a story is told. As a writer, depending on the mood of the story or characters/worldbuilding, you may choose a perspective that fits the story the best. So, you may choose to tell your story from one of the following perspectives or a mix of them. I use some examples from Enero, one of my books to clarify all these as I use a mix of some of the following perspectives in one novel.
First-person: Mainly using "I" or "we"
"I never wanted to be on Earth in such conditions. I was the observer of the ups and downs in human civilization throughout the time. At this epoch, death was gradually increasing in velocity, thrashing on the city like rain. The whole world was on the verge of chaos."
The main character of my book, Geras, is mostly describes everything from his perspective. Sometimes, we see him from another character's view but mostly, if it's about him, I used the first person. The reason was that I wanted to highlight him as the main character, give him a dominant manipulative power over the story and I also wanted the reader to be able to judge him from inside his mind and from other character's viewpoint.
Second-person: Mainly using "you" and "your"
"You’re confused. You’re lost. You ask yourself where you are and what has happened to you. Let me tell you. They sent you back. Your touch was a death to the arrangement of New Omniverse information. Your existence depended on nothingness. You are the end. You are the mortality. You are the death."
Enaro is an extremely complex book. I know because I, personally, struggled with writing and rewriting it as time and space in this book has almost no meaning. It's deeply co-relates with the philosophy of life and existence, similar to Plato's Cave hypothesis, of who we are in reality. This is an example from the very end of the book whereas as a reader you should ask yourself "what the heck!" was it all along about you? who is this you at the end of the book? I chose to use a second-person view to finish the book to insist on the timeless - spacelessness of the whole story, to show how we are all entangled into one being, how we are part of a whole.
Third-person limited: Mainly using "he," "she," or "it," about onle ONE character
"His face was reflecting in the metal. His wet eyes carried a weight of sadness. The metal reflected a golden light on his white stubble. Numb and wan of thoughts, he was incapable of any facial reactions."