Nikki (nakeisha) wrote,
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POV

A friend (waves to maubast) and I were discussing the subject of POV. No, don't worry it's not my usual 'rant' on this subject :-)

This time we were discussing how we decided, or otherwise, what POV to use for a story, and we both wondered how other people did it. Do you sit down and actually decide what POV you intend using before you start writing? Do you know up front whether it's going to be first person, single third person, alternative third person, etc? Or do you just begin writing and the POV just happens?

I most definitely just start writing. I can't think of any story whereby I've decided up front whose POV I'll write in. Of course sometimes it's easy, after all if you are starting with only one character on screen, then logic tends to say that you use that person's POV. However, even in these situations I don't consciously choose whether it's going to be first or third person - it just happens. Ditto if I alternate POV between scenes I don't think about it, it just happens, because it feels right.

I am taking the liberty of assuming (rightly or wrongly) that those people who meticulously plan every aspect of their story before they start writing, must also plan POV (it seems logical, but no doubt someone will tell me that they plan everything but the POV). But what about folk who don't plan at all, or those of you who have a rough or semi-rough idea about where the story is going/how it will develop. Do you consciously choose your POV?
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