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Every Character Has a Voice
Point of view isn't just an element of storytellingwhen chosen carefully and employed consistently in a work of fiction, it is the foundation of a captivating story.
It's the character voice you can hear as clearly as your own. It's the unique worldview that intrigues readerspersuading them to empathize with your characters and invest in their tale. It's the masterful concealing and revealing of detail that keeps pages turning and plots fresh. It's the hidden agenda that makes narrators complicated and compelling.
It's also something most writers struggle to understand. In The Power of Point of View, RITA Award-winning author Alicia Rasley first teaches you the fundamentals of point of view (POV)who is speaking, why, and what options work best within the conventions of your chosen genre. Then, she takes you deeper to explain how POV functions as a crucial piece of your storysomething that ultimately shapes and drives character, plot, and every other component of your fiction.
Through comprehensive instruction and engaging exercises, you'll learn how to:
choose a point of view that enhances your characters and plots and encourages reader involvement
navigate the levels of a character's point of view, from objective viewing to action to emotion
craft unusual perspectives, including children, animal narrators, and villains
A story changes depending on who's telling it, and The Power of Point of View will help you determine which of your characters can make your story come to life.
Unlike other books on POV, The Power of Point of View goes beyond simply defining the various POV options and shows readers how to use POV to enhance and tie together all other story components The difference between a pedestrian telling of a story and a powerful telling is in how the point of view is handled. A well-written story is one in which the author allows POV to guide not just how the plot develops, but how the story--the merging of plot and character--develops. In The Power of Point of View, readers will learn POV basics and then how to use POV to influence a story from the ground up.