Tell Readers Your Point of View

What’s Tell Readers Your Point of View?

Tell Readers Your Point of View simply means you,

as an author, must decide where you ‘stand’ when you are telling the story. Where you stand is where you ‘speak’.

You can ‘speak’ from a few places. You can stand:

  • ‘inside’ the story.
  • on the sidelines
  • ‘outside’ the story

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What’s Tell Readers Your Point of View?
Doing so makes the story more interesting as you can tell one story in many ways or in other words turn one event into many different ‘stories’ depending on who’s telling the story.

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Standing ‘Inside’ the Story
When you stand ‘inside’ the story, you:

  • become the first person or the ‘I’
  • are the character who tells the story
  • share your thoughts and feelings
  • share how you see other characters and events
  • tell it the way you see the story happen

This is how you do it:

https://i0.wp.com/www.dansoschin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/350px-Angry_man.svg_.pngI reached out for the best thing I could- the tiny toothpick lying unnoticed by anyone on the floor. With movements as slow as a snail, my body danced its way up but my eyes stood fixated on the raging man who bulldozed his way into our room earlier.

 

Standing ‘on the Sidelines’ of the Story
When you stand ‘on the sidelines’ of the story, you:

  • become the ‘he’ or ‘she’
  • are the reporter who reports exactly what you see or hear
  • share what the character think and feel

https://i0.wp.com/www.dansoschin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/350px-Angry_man.svg_.pngNoel reached out for the best thing he could- the tiny toothpick lying unnoticed by anyone on the floor. With movements as slow as a snail, his body danced its way up but his eyes stood fixated on the raging man who bulldozed his way into the room earlier.

 

Standing ‘Outside’ the Story
When you stand ‘outside’ the story, you:

  • know it all
  • share everything the characters think, feel and do
  • are in the heads of every character

https://i0.wp.com/www.dansoschin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/350px-Angry_man.svg_.pngNoel was reaching out for the best thing he could- the tiny toothpick lying unnoticed by anyone on the floor. Nervous, he knew he had to move as slowly as a snail, so he made his body danced its way up. He wanted to get out of the situation badly and so his eyes fixated themselves on the raging man who bulldozed his way into the room earlier.

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It’s Your Turn Now to Tell Readers Your Point of View.”

  1. Look at the picture.
  2. Based on the picture, write a paragraph about your story standing-
  • ‘inside’
  • ‘on the sidelines’  and
  • ‘outside.

When you’ve finished, type what you’ve written onto the Comments box below and click Post.

Happy writing on a Saturday!:)