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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 14

Choose Your Point of View

In contrast to voice, point of view (POV) is technical and structured. A narrative can be told from several different points of view, and the one you choose will affect all aspects of your story. In this chapter, you’ll learn what these POV options are and the advantages and limitations of each. You’ll also discover how the verb tense of your story can impact your narrator’s perspective and may even affect your overall time line.

Choosing a Point of View

Point of view is one of the trickiest concepts in writing, and one of my favorites to teach. When you first explore POV, it can feel like learning a new language, but don’t worry—you are not alone. I grappled with this topic for a long time, as did many of ...

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