Third Person POV – what a minefield

According to Your Dictionary, “[w]riting in third person is writing from the third-person point of view, or outsider looking in, and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they. It differs from the first person, which uses pronouns such as I and me, and from the second person, which uses pronouns such as you and yours.”

I love it. But many people (including me – I’m still fairly new at this stuff) find it confusing. So I thought I would do some research.

In a nutshell, you are looking at the following types of third person narrative:

There are other types of third-person narrative – but start small when trying to understand it all I say.

There is a lot of information out there about it. The trick is to find sources that make it easy for you to understand.

If you like tables (I love tables) I found a great one on Booksaurus. I tried to copy it for you here but I couldn’t – but follow the link here. It’s very well set out.

Now, if you like to listen to an expert, I have a great video here for you by Cayce Berryman. I’ve listened to this a few times, just to remind myself. And, since it is my favourite, here is Cayce’s video on omniscient perspective.

If you love it, learn to understand it so you can really do it – and yourself – justice.

Cheers

Kerry

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