Point of View

Overview

Point of View

Every story has a writer, but who is really telling the story? This mini-course will help you understand the different perspectives that storytellers use.

Who told the story of Harry Potter? Was it J.K. Rowling, or was it the narrator of the series? 

Just like when you tell someone a story in real life, telling a story on the page involves Point of View. If you're at the centre of the story, then you'll tell if from your point of view. If it's your sister's story, then you'll tell it from her point of view. 

In the Harry Potter example above, J.K. Rowling is the author, not the narrator of the story. The books are written from the perspective of an observer, or a third-person POV: someone watching and reporting the story as it unfolds. 

The narrator is not Harry, either, but someone who helps the reader see into the mind of Harry and allows us to observe his thoughts and feelings. It is not an all-knowing narrator—otherwise we would know what Snape was up to from the start! By using a limited perspective, Rowling builds suspense and keeps the reader hooked from beginning to end.

In this course, you'll learn how stories are affected by who tells the story, and how you can master the art of POV to keep your readers on the edge of their seats.


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