iUniverse blog guest author, Rising Star Lisa K. Drucker takes us through the third part of her series detailing her approach to the writing process and book creation. In this article Lisa takes us through how she approaches the next step after characters have been developed – Establishing a point of view.
Creating a Book – Establishing Point of View
“Establishing the point of view (POV) of your main character or multiple characters is also a critical aspect of creating a book. Once all the characters are developed, establishing point of view is the next important step. Think about some essential questions before deciding on POV:
- Is the POV of the protagonist (main character) the only one necessary?
- Do other characters’ POVs impact the story?
- Do I want readers to understand the antagonist (protagonist’s main foe)?
Unless the protagonist is the only character whose POV drives the story (and who readers should identify with), third person (window to multiple characters’ POVs) is the best option. (Using the protagonist’s POV makes the narrative first person: “I”, “me”, “my”.)
I usually write in third person because I find first person limiting. I try to keep POV to a single character in every scene, but some scenes lend themselves to more than one POV because more than one character is deeply impacted. When this happens, I let the story take charge, shifting POV where necessary. Later, I just go back to ensure that there are no shifts that readers might have a hard time following.
Keep in mind that POV refers to the narrative; that is, the descriptive text in the novel or story, not dialogue or interior thoughts. (A separate future post will discuss dialogue.)”
iUniverse author Lisa K. Drucker once more delivers the goods
In this Part 3 of the series Lisa has again demonstrated another critical step in the book creation process.
To learn more about Lisa and her book, “Arise O Phoenix”, a story of love, fate and the strength of the human spirit set against the backdrop of 9/11, take a look at her website and get a preview of the book here.
Look out for the next stage in this very informative series examining the book creation process here, brought to you by iUniverse publishing.