Eliminating the narrator

As we saw last week, the goal of deep point of view is to eliminate the narrator. Which means there are two primary choices for POV, each of which has some subsets: You can have a narrator, or not.

In a novel with no narrator, the POV character takes on that role. Continue reading

The difference between third person POV and Deep POV

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Q: I keep hearing about Deep POV. What is it, and how is it different from what the writing books call third person POV?

A: Point of view is one of the most complicated elements of fiction, and POV slips are among the most common errors we see in amateur manuscripts. Continue reading

Why omniscient POV is not recommended

One of the most common errors we see in amateur manuscripts is POV slips, which occur when a writer who means to be writing in character POV includes something the POV character can’t know.

For example, if you’re writing from the POV of a starship captain, you ought not put a line like this:

The captain had no way of knowing a massive asteroid was hurtling toward his ship.

If he has no way of knowing, you can’t tell me. Continue reading