Who’s On First?

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Not Irish Firebrands. It’s on Third. Or, to be more accurate, it’s in Third: Third Person Point-of-View (3PPOV).

Writing in 3PPOV confers advantages over writing in First Person Point-of-View (1PPOV). For one thing, 3PPOV offers the option of getting inside the head of more than one character, by means of the characters’ ruminations, and the insights of a partially or wholly omniscient, anonymous narrator.

In 1PPOV, the writer (and the reader) can be privy to only one person’s thoughts, and cannot know what’s happening inside another character’s head, unless and until it comes out of the other character’s mouth, or the character does something. This limitation requires quite skillful writing in order to prevent forward momentum from stalling, or making readers merely experience the main frustration of daily life: when the antics of our associates make us wonder what on Earth is going on inside their heads!

A writer…

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