Something I’ve found myself wrestling with a lot lately is which perspective to write from. I’m not just talking about when I start new pieces either, but some of my long-standing WIPs have fallen into this speculation as well. I find myself wondering, often to the point of not writing, whether or not a story would be more impactful from a different POV, whether information shared would be more or less obvious, whether readers will connect with characters well enough with the current setup.
I never used to have these kinds of questions. I used to make a choice and run with it, and while I might second guess plot points, character development and sentence structure… Some parts of my writing simply were. I choose to look at this change as a positive though – I know more, therefore I contemplate more, in an effort to make more informed choices, and therefore create more masterful pieces.
In response to this, I’ve developed steps to help identify which perspective is best for any given story. But first, as a refresher, here are your POV options: