AYOW - What's your point of view?
Hope this is OK.
I got a question about Point of View (PoV) on one of my stories. I wanted to check my answer and ask how you handle this PoV thing?
Here is what I said...
"Point of view is something I have most difficulty with. It affects how much of the dialogue you can write and how to phrase it. We were never taught this in school, as far as I can remember we were just told to get on with it and write stories. So I have been trying to learn about it and, from what I can gather, you can have three main ways of telling the story. I welcome any literary expert's corrections about this if I have got it wrong.
First person tells the story from the POV of one of the characters. Here you cannot know what the others are thinking and what they get up to when you are not around except from what you can deduce.
The next is third person observer whereby you can flit to any location and describe what any of the characters is up to as far as you can see them but you don't know their thoughts or motivation.
Finally you have third person omniscient where you can describe the events and the intimate thoughts and feelings of one or more of the characters.
On top of all this you then have to worry about tense and make sure that you don't flit from present to past and back again. Pick a tense and stick with it is easier said than done, I find.
So, to answer your question, I wanted to try and write this from a third person omniscient POV - this is how I knew both Arnold's and Susanne's thoughts and histories. These are not things that an observer could know. I haven't gone back and checked how successful or consistent I have been in this or my tense cosisitency. This is where review and re-drafting comes in.
What's your favourite POV? Have you tried writing from different P'sOV?