Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 5, page 2 of 5)


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Chapter 5

"Sir," I said. When the clerk turned to me, the boy took something and stuffed it into his coat.

NOTE: An author uses first person point of view for many reason. One reason is that readers can identify more readily with a first person narrator. It's like a friend is talking with them. Also, an author will sometimes use a first person point of view to cast doubt on the believability of a story. For instance, Edgar Allan Poe used first person point of view in some of his weirder stories. That way the reader could just think the narrator was a psycho or something and what happened in the story was not real.

An author will sometimes use first person minor character viewpoint when he doesn't want the reader to know a lot about the main character but still wants the friendliness of the first person viewpoint. Imagine what the Sherlock Holmes stories would be like if Sherlock Holmes told his own story. He'd probably be arrogant and difficult to like. Besides, like Watson, we can be surprised right up until the end of the story also.

B. Third person point of view - someone who is not involved in the story tells the story. (the he, she, they viewpoint)

1. Objective - like a movie. The reader hears dialogue and sees the action of the story (what the characters do) Plus, there are descriptions of the setting. However, the author does not tell you how the characters think or feel. This is called the "camera eye" point of view.

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