The Top 4 Types of Point of View with Eyes on the Reader
“Who’s talking now?”, now that’s a question you don’t want the readers of your novel to ask. In novel
writing, the different perspectives from which a story can be relayed are known as types of point of
view. In this section about novel writing, we will look at the top 4 types of point of view, what they are
and how to select the best point of view from which to write your novel.
4 Point of View Options of Novel Writing
1. A First Person point of view would read like this, “I traveled up the tree and down again in 60
seconds.” This point of view allows for only one perspective and everything the reader learns
about the story comes from that perspective. The storyteller is allowed to reveal only her own
thoughts and feelings. The feelings and thoughts of any other character are only exposed to the
reader through that character’s dialogue or actions. The storyteller cannot get into the other
character’s heads, and can only reveal what she thinks or feels and the impressions that she has
about other characters.
2. 2. A Third Person Subjective point of view would read like this, “She traveled up the tree
and down again and was sure she’d done it within 60 seconds.” This perspective is from
the gal who climbed the tree, but it can occasionally shift to other characters. Using this
type of point of view allows more characters to think and feel. This way of writing can be
used with either a third person singular or third person multiple (or changing)
3. 3. An Objective Third Person point of view would read like this, “She traveled up the
tree and down again, and the stopwatch showed 60 seconds.” This perspective is still
third person but their objective is like watching the action through a camera lens; the
narrator’s thoughts and feelings are not important or included in the story. The objective
third person can describe only those things that can be outwardly heard or seen. In
learning this type of point of view, I found it easier to think of the narrator as a third
person who is not in the story.
4. 4. An Omniscient Observer point of view would read like this, “Everyone gathered
around the tree, some begrudgingly so. And while Sara was wondering if she could climb
the tree faster than Travis, Travis was sure she didn’t have it in her.” This type of
storyteller is like God – they know everything: what all the characters think, feel, and do.
The storyteller’s own thoughts and feelings are not important to the story. I like to think
of this type of point of view as third person, not in the story, who knows everything.
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