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Point of view is one of the most powerful and at the same time one of the most misunderstood tools in a writer’s kit. Should genre help decide which point of view to choose? Why are so many sci-fi stories and fantasies written in third-person narration? Should memoirs always be written in first-person-narration? And does that choice influence the story? These are important questions. However, point of view goes beyond choosing the narrative mode. Broadly stated, point of view is the perspective from which a scene or an entire story is told. Do you tell your thriller from the murderer’s point of view, the detective’s, or the victim’s? The drama from the perspective of the philandering husband, the lovesick lover, or the depressed wife? Point of view determines what the reader knows and when, directs the way the story will flow, and shapes the narrator’s voice, stance and attitude. This webinar with editor Helga Schier will explore the pros and cons of common narrative points of view and how to avoid common pitfalls and traps.
About the Presenter:Helga Schier, Ph.D., is the founder and owner of withpenandpaper.com, an independent editorial services firm. She is also the editorial director of CamCat Books, a new publisher of quality genre fiction. With over 25 years of experience, Helga guides authors through the development and revision process. Helga's editorial work focuses on the refinement of story, character, and style, helping writers sharpen their vision, refine their voice, and unlock the potential of their manuscripts. Her clients are published, self-published, and not-yet-published writers. Helga has published essays on contemporary English and American fiction, and translated numerous novels and memoirs. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.withpenandpaper.com.
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