Third person viewpoints

Main Points (Effusive praise be given to Tanya B)

  • Third Person Limited is in one person’s head in a given scene and you do not show things that the character can not see.
  • Be careful of viewpoint errors – you will knock the reader out of the narrative.
  • You can do a large cast because the reader is constantly reminded of the character’s viewpoint and name.
  • Third limited is better for setting a scene in an immediate nature without the “me, me, me” of the first person viewpoint.
  • It can give an epic scope.
  • It is best at hiding things because you can just not show a viewpoint that knows.
  • You can do “throw-away viewpoints”: one scene from a random character’s viewpoint.
  • You can show discord between what a character says, what he thinks and what the narrative says.
  • Third is more immersive into a setting of a story, while first is better for showing a great character.
  • Picking between the first and third viewpoints is fundamental to your book.
  • Description should be filtered through the viewpoint lens of the character’s eyes.

Next up: Description part 1