Good Manic Monday everyone. What do I have in store for you this week? I have a steaming cup of coffee and a plate of virtual cinnamon rolls. Have a seat and help me ponder points of views for a moment. Not all of them. That would give me a migraine and you’d click off to some other shiny more interesting blog.
I want to discuss Deep POV vs First Person.
Another term for “Deep POV” is limited Third Person. It’s a technique that infuses Third Person POV with the intimacy of First Person. It is intended to create intense journey for the reader. Dialogue tags and verbs such as see, notice, understand, feel, realize, and think are considered a ‘no-no’ since it is considered telling not showing. The character’s thoughts are an intimate part of the story, drawing in the reader close to the story as if sitting on narrator’s shoulders the whole time.
First POV is the story narrated by only one character at a time, who use the word I to refer to him-herself. This, like deep, is an intimate relationship with the reader. Opinions, thoughts, and feelings of the main character are shared to the point where the reader experiences the story through their eyes.
Okay, I’m taking my teacher’s hat off and getting to the reason for this blog. I’ve been experimenting with both POVs and enjoy them equally. I have a project waiting for its turn but can’t decide on which POV to write it in.
Which is your favorite and why?