Character and Point of View

PoV – the deepest access to characters and the emotional journey of the story

Point of view is a technical choice a writer must make and often makes early in the writing of a story. It determines through which character’s perspective and ‘psychological lens’ the reader will experience events. There are different PoVs; each serves a particular narrative purpose and each has advantages and disadvantages. The question is: which PoV gives writer and reader the deepest access to the protagonist and other characters and the emotional journey of the story? PoV is much more than a pronoun; if well-developed it supports a visceral experience of the inner life of the characters.