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A narrator’s point of view is one of the most essential elements of writing. One common way of understanding point of view is “where do you put the camera?” Or, Is the narrator observing from above, as in the case of an all-knowing third person narrator? Is it focused on one person, as in the case of a limited-knowledge narrator? Or is it inside the head of a character and looking out, as in the case of a first-person narrator? Melody Dean Dimick shares her thoughts on point of view and how to use it effectively. According to her, each type has its purpose. However, one of her favorites is first-person point of view. In order to get up close and personal to emotions and internalized conflict, Dimick recommends it. She used this point of view in the poetry in her book Backpack Blues because of her audience. She feels that young adults relate better when they’re up-close-and-personal to emotions in a poem. She also shares some of her thoughts on point of view rules: what they are, why they exist, and if they can be broken. Watch the clip below to learn more.
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