There are different points of view in stories. What is a point of view? A point of view is the way a story is told by the narrative voice or the viewpoint. Whether a short story, children’s story or any genre, a point of view can change a story drastically. When an author begins their story, they have to decide how they will convey their story best by the point of view they use. Point of view is defined by the pronouns that are used. It is important to continue the story in the same point of view. If an author starts using a certain point of you, then shifts to a different point of view, it makes it harder to read and more confusing.
First person point of view is when the author uses the words, “I or me” to tell the story. First person is used when the author acts as a narrator.
Second person is when the author uses, “you or your” to tell the story. This is the one that is used the least amount of time. Rarely does the author talk directly to the reader.
Third person is when the author uses, “he, she, it and they” to tell the story. Often they use the characters names when writing the story.
Now lets look at how Point of view can change a story. A story written in first person looks like a memoir or personal biography and that might not be the case. Second person point of view is used to personally address the reader. Third person point of view is used more in novels and fiction writing and brings the characters perspective into view. It tells us what they might be thinking and why they are acting the way they are.
If an author is writing a nonfiction book and uses the first person to tell the story and they are not an expert of the subject, the story might not reach the reader. If the author changes the point of view to third person and use quotes from an expert, the story becomes more valid to the reader, and it might hold more klout.
The use of pen names is becoming outdated. Authors should recognize that by using a pen name they might not receive the recognition that they deserve. Who knows who Samuel Langhorne Clemens is? He is only one of the most famous authors in the world. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Prince and the Pauper. His pen name is Mark Twain. Yes, everyone recognizes Mark Twain but few recognize Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
Some use a pen name to keep their lives private. It would be hard to keep your life private if your name appears on every major newspaper, social media site or television station. Most major publishers are saying that the use of pen names is outdated, unless you are already using one. Famous people in different careers are using pseudonyms such as actors, celebrities and writers to keep their lives private, because their name is hard to pronounce or for marketing purposes. Perhaps they think that a pseudonyms can help establish their brand. So to answer the question about using a pen name, I’ll let you be the judge.
If you decide on using a pen name, my suggestions are:
1. Make the name unique
2. Don’t chose a name after one of your characters in case you write several books with major characters.
3. Don’t chose a name that would conflict with any genre that you may use later on. Ex. Your pen name is Suzie Que and you write a dark fiction novel. It doesn’t go well.
Famous people with pseudonyms.
- Thomas Cruise Mapother IV:–Tom Cruise
- Norma Jeane Mortenson:—Marilyn Monroe
- Agatha Christie:– Mary Westmacott
- J.K. Rowling:— Robert Galbraith
- Stephen King:—Richard Bachman
- Theodor Seuss Geisel:–Dr. Seuss
- Esther Pauline Friedman:—Ann Landers
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To fully understand the difference in writing a narrative point of view versus using dialogue, one must look at the way it is written. First look at the definition of the two. A narrative is the way a story or set of events is portrayed using descriptive accounts and experiences in either the past, present or the future. The story evolves around one or several different characters but is usually told by one person overlooking the events as they unravel. A narrative is told in this fashion for entertainment or informally to tell the story.
Now lets look at dialogue. Dialogue is usually written as a conversation between two people sometimes between one person talking to himself. This form of writing is much more fun and is used more to portray the characters in a certain likeness. If their speech is poor, you assume they come from a poor background. If they used refined elegant speech, you assume that they have been well-educated. It’s funny how reading something can show different perspectives according to the actual reader. If the reader is in a bad mood, they might see the whole story as having a dark tone. The opposite can happen if they are in a good mood. The reader has to observe the characters in their own view, as well as the way the writer intended them to be. If a writer tries to write a book for teenagers, they have to limit their vocabulary usage especially if they are much older. A person’s vocabulary is always changing from an early life until adulthood. Not two people on the earth have the same exact vocabulary. This shows how differently one person can perceive a story from another person.
One person might hate the story all together and think it is beneath them. Another person the same age might look at the story and really love it. Narrative writing is much easier to understand because the writer has more control over the intended understanding of the reader.
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Were you born to write? Writers are usually very creative people who love to invent anything from new stories to artistic related projects. Being creative doesn’t necessarily mean you can draw or sculpt something. Creativity deals with inventing new ways to look at the world around us. Creative people use the right side of their brains more. This means that the right brain or right hemisphere is more dominant than the left side. The right side deals with expression and creative task.
Characteristics of People that have right brain dominance are:
- More expressive and share emotions
- Love reading fantasy
- Love listening to music
- enjoy creative storytelling
- considered dreamers
- like to act out stories, such as in plays
- Prefer to learn through free exploration
- Enjoy interacting affectively with others
- Like organizing things to show relation
- right side controls body
- Prefer visual instructions
- enjoys art and attending plays
- Enjoys writing fiction
- Gets Bored easily
- Thinks about more than one thing at a time
- Has difficulty staying on task
There are basically six different elements in Literature that make up a story. The plot, theme, setting, characterization, conflict and mood. Each person can analyze the elements in a different way. A teacher summarizing a story to her classroom could identify the story elements as:
2. setting (person, place, time)
3. plot (ideas and events of story)
4. problem (conflict)
5. solution (resolution)
Another teacher might separate the character by using his character traits or actions. Or she could define the action words to describe the character and what he does. Examples are:
a. dependable (Tom never missed a day at work even if he was sick.)
b. credible (The witness spoke the truth which persuaded the jurors.)
c. ethical (She held her business to a higher standard.)
d. loyal (Devoted to his friend, he stood behind him.)
e. caring (He loved his friend like a brother.)
f. intelligent (He brilliantly answered the question.)
g. comforting (Jonas hugged the little girl because her dog was killed.)
h. patient (He waited patiently for the doctor to arrive.)
I. caring (He cared for his sick animal.)
j. self absorbed (He smugly looked at the others and said, ” I don’t care what you think.”)
Another might describe the elements of literature by defining the text by asking questions about the story, looking at how the story (text) is written or looking at the organization of the story… what order of events take place. How is the plot written? Some authors write in a set order while others rearrange the story from ending to beginning and vise-versa. No way is incorrect, just the way the writer chooses to write the story.
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