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Understanding POV

Lesson 1: What is First person and third person POV?

Most stories are written in either first or third person POV. But what is first person and third person POV?

When the speaker (or narrator) of the story talks about his/her own story, the story is in the first person POV and the speaker/narrator uses the words I, me, my, etc. When the narrator of the story tells someone else’s story, the story is in the third person POV and the narrator uses the words he, she, it, they etc.

Example of first person POV:

I glared at my best friend. “You did what?” I yelled.

Example of third person POV:

Jane glared at her best friend. “You did what?” she yelled.

Although the narration in first person and third person change, the dialogue remains the same. You can use I, you, he, etc in dialogue whether you’re writing in the first or third person, depending on who is talking at the time.

Assignment 1a:

Write a story up to 500 words in the first person POV. Post your story in the class and submit it to the instructor using the assignment submission form.

Assignment 1b:

Write a story up to 500 words in the third person POV. Post your story in the class and submit it to the instructor.

QUESTIONS: Do you have any questions? Anything you didn’t understand? Please email writestufffiction@yahoo.com with “Understanding POV Lesson 1 question” in the subject line.

 

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