Change Your Point of View - Writer's Digest

Change Your Point of View

Writing in a specific point of view enables you to convey all the impressions and information you desire. Here are two exerices excerpted from Mastering Point of View.
Publish date:

In 15 chapters, Sherri Szeman, English professor and award-winning author, gives point of view perhaps the most useful and the most exhaustive examination it has ever have received. Mastering Point of View gives you a thorough breakdown of POV and teaches by example.

Citing Dickens' Pip, Joyce's Araby and Burgess' Alex within just a few pages of each other, Szeman offers specific instances from classic works to make her points and to better teach the reader/writer how to become well-versed in the many examples of points of view.

Here are a few useful exercises from Chapter 2 on Unlimited Point of View:

1. Write a scene involving at least three characters having a conflict. Even if you include dialogue in the scene, show the thoughts, feelings and unspoken motivations of all three characters. Present everything about one character before moving on to the next character. Each of the characters should be presented equally sympathetically, that is, your readers should understand the motivations and behavior of all three characters equally. If you can, try to make your readers feel the same level of emotion about each of the three characters.

2. Do exercise one again, only this time present the information about the characters in a more flexible manner, that is, go back and forth among the characters so that the information on any one character is not presented all at the same time, in the same paragraph. Each of the characters should be presented equally sympathetically. Show the scene to your readers for their feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Check out Mastering Point of View ($16.99).

Grinnell_Literary Techniques

Using Literary Techniques in Narrative Journalism

In this article, author Dustin Grinnell examines Jon Franklin’s award-winning article Mrs. Kelly’s Monster to help writers master the use of literary techniques in narrative journalism.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 545

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a cleaning poem.


New Agent Alert: Amy Collins of Talcott Notch Literary Services

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Amy Collins of Talcott Notch Literary Services) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.


5 Tips for Writing Scary Stories and Horror Novels

Bestselling and award-winning author Simone St. James shares five tips for writing scary stories and horror novels that readers will love to fear.


On vs. Upon vs. Up On (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use on vs. upon vs. up on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.


7 Very Specific Reasons Why I’m Excited for the 2020 WD Conferences

WD Editor-in-Chief Amy Jones explains why she's excited for the 2020 Writer's Digest Conferences, which are happening virtually November 5-7, 2020.


Sierra Magazine: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Sierra Magazine, the bimonthly print and online environmental publication of the Sierra Club.


Jonelle Patrick: Writing Edgier Than Bookshops and Cats

Novelist Jonelle Patrick discusses writing about a country she loves and the importance of both readers and editors.