Viewpoint / Point of View (POV) may be the most confusing technique to understand when writing fiction. Viewpoint is the identity and emotional focus of the person who relates the events of a story, i.e. the narrator. It is an important part of the relationship between writer and reader. It is about whose “eyes” we use to witness the action of the story. Point of View, on the other hand, is the way the narrator relates the story, i.e., voice (first person, third person) and tense (present, past). Often confused, these two techniques are separate, but joined at the hip. Enjoy this engaging discussion on how they relate to one other, and how they ultimately carry the story.
About the Writer
Judy Reveal is an author, editor, book reviewer, and book indexer. She has presented on Viewpoint/Point of View; Description and the Five Senses; and Editorial Expectations among other topics. She has conducted creative writing classes at Chesapeake College as well as Arts Centers across the Delmarva Peninsula, and has presented at Bay To Ocean Writers Conference, Vine and Vessels Writers Conference, and Harford County Writers Conference. She has been president of Eastern Shore Writers as well as the Maryland Writers Association.
Her book, The Four Elements of Fiction: Character, Setting, Situation and Theme, covers the nuts and bolts of how these basic elements of fiction connect to produce a satisfying outcome.