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Join the point of view challenge: Editor's Notes #128
August 15, 2012

“If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.”
--Henry Ford

In this issue:

1. Three points of view and a challenge
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site

1. Three points of view and a challenge
Today we're continuing the series on point of view in writing (POV).

There are three basic types of POV: first, second, and third person. You can tell which type the writer uses by looking at the narrative pronouns.

Narrative pronouns are those used to tell the story, not those in dialogue.

If the narrator writes the story in first person, you read I. (I pulled my hair in frustration and wondered what was going on.)

If the narrator writes the story in second person, you read you. (You pull your hair in frustration and wonder what is going on.)

If the narrator writes the story in third person, you read he, she, it, and they. (He pulled her hair in frustration, and they wondered what was going on.)

This is as much as many people know about POV, and it's all I'm going to tell you in this issue because the next sections are too long and too complex to add any of them to this.

So here's your value added bit and a bit of homework. Start keeping track of POV you come across in your reading over the next two weeks. Can you identify first, second, and third person POV? Good for you if you can. Now begin to ask yourself why the writer chose that particular narrative voice. What works well with each particular POV? What restrictions apply?

If you really want a challenge, pick one section, and rewrite it from a different POV. How does the work change when it comes from another perspective?

If you take this on, I'd love to hear from you. I have pages of notes and a proposed outline for several issues on this topic. Like many of my writing projects, though, this one could veer off in many directions depending on the feedback I get.


2.Tickled my funnybone
Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high 


3. Interesting Web site
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