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Just my point of view: Editor's Notes #127
July 31, 2012
Hello,

The wrong answer is the right answer
in search of a different question.
--Bruce Mau


In this issue:

1. Just my point of view
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site

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1. Just my point of view
Recently I invited subscribers to submit their burning questions about writing. Today I begin to answer those questions with an introduction to point of view (POV). This will be only an introduction because POV is a huge topic. I'll follow this issue with others, each touching on another aspect of POV.

I suspect that most writers think of fiction when they think of POV, and usually, that's what articles on Web sites and even in some writing magazines focus on. Much of what I'll write about POV does apply to fiction, but there are aspects of POV that matter a great deal to nonfiction writers, too, so I hope you'll all stick with me through this complex and important topic.

POV refers to whose eyes we see the writing through. But it's more than a camera lens. It's a larger perspective, including an attitude. Some people call it the narrative mode.

When we talk about POV in writing, we are talking about the narrator. Sometimes that will be a character in the story. Other times the narrator is a neutral observer and reporter. The narrator can have a limited or unlimited (omniscient) point of view.

Each type of POV has strengths and drawbacks. In future issues, I'll delve into those for you.

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2.Tickled my funnybone
 Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

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3. Interesting Web site
An authoritative site that allows you to ask questions and that provides answers about writing rules. Definitely one to bookmark.
http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/CMS_FAQ/new/new_questions01.html

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