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