Joanne Phillips

This is the first in a series of posts about point of view. Inspired by my MA studies, I’d like to share with you all I know about this fascinating subject – which is one many writers struggle with, but if used well can lift an ordinary story up into magnificence!

Part One – Third Person Viewpoint and Free Indirect Style

Point of view in fiction is a thorny subject, and one that is often misunderstood. I recently read an article by Tahlia Newland, where she talks about ‘head hopping’ – where point of view (POV) is not clearly defined, and isn’t used to best effect by the writer. If you’re unclear about basic third person POV, or want to know more about head hopping and why it’s considered bad form, have a read of Tahlia’s article.

I agree that POV needs to be used for maximum effect, and…

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