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Character Point of Views

Updated: Sep 11, 2022

character point of views

It is finally September. Which means that Fall is here.

This is my birthday month, so you know that I am super excited.

This month we are talking all about characters and their development. We are going to start off with Character Point of Views. When writing your story you will usually write in one of two viewpoints. First Person or Third Person.

First person for some people is an easier viewpoint to work with. When writing in Third Person, it will be in one of these elements limited or restricted, multiple point of views, omniscient, or omniscient limited.

Let’s break them down, shall we?

Character point of view refers to the vantage point the readers observe the events of the story.


In the first person point of view, one character acts as the narrator, directly telling us her own version of events. The narrator refers to herself as I or me, just as you do when you're talking to your friends and are explaining what has happened to you. Most of the time the first person character is the protagonist, another major character, a lesser participant, or someone who is an observer of the events. An advantage of a first person character is the strong reader identification with the character. A drawback is you can tell the reader only what the narrator observes or knows. The narrator cannot climb inside another character's head.


When you write the story in third person, the author, rather than a character, tells the story as the narrator. There is no I or me except in the dialogue. All the characters including the protagonist are he, she, and they. This third person narrative gives you a larger playing field. You can operate with greater flexibility. You can be in two places at once. You can take the reader in the minds of more than one character, presenting each person's unique perspective of the events around them. The only drawback is that you miss the personal connection of the reader identification that comes with first person narrative.


This is very close to first person because there is one specific viewpoint character. We see the action through this character's eyes and no one else's.


Multiple viewpoint stories take turns looking through the eyes of two or more viewpoint characters. This gives you a more complete understanding of the character, story events, and issues. The most common way of using multiple viewpoints is assigning each character certain scenes. It is important when you have assigned a character a scene you stay in that viewpoint from the beginning, middle, and end of the scene.


In the omniscient point of view, the author is not only the narrator, but in some way the viewpoint character as well. The author doesn't appear in the story, but describes the events based on his knowledge of the characters, events, and issues in the story. Because the author knows everything there are no restrictions. You can describe what is going on from every place and every moment. You can be in every character's head showing each of their observations, thoughts, feelings, and actions. This approach can be distracting to your readers as they may find it difficult to find which character to identify with.


In the limited omniscient point of view readers are inside the character's head, they are also outside of it as well standing about ten-degrees away. You can think of this viewpoint as being the cameraman for each particular scene. You can only see and hear the thoughts of the character in front of you. If another character knocks on the door or is on the other end of a receiving call the reader, nor the character knows who it is, but are still able to hear the conversation between both parties.

My personal preference is to write in third person. Omniscient to be exact. I also like to play with the limited omniscient as well. I am working on a future story that I’m thinking of using third person - multiple point of view.

Comment below and let me know what point of view you write your stories in and why.

Check out the Character Point of Views Live Video Session in the Aspiring Author Writing Community here:

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