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Point of View (POV) is an important decision for the writer. What will make the story the most interesting for the reader? Hearing it from the narrator or hearing it directly from your characters? Third person (from the narrator) is the most common choice. Some authors like to give the point of view from the narrator and from multiple characters. Here are some resources to help you learn more about POV and how to make the right decision about how best to tell your story.

You can find more resources for creating fiction in our fiction writing links section.

A Writer’s Guide to Point of View
Author Jerry Jenkins explains Point of View, including first, second and third person with examples for each.

Anne Rice Talks Christ the Lord
Anne Rice explains why she had Jesus as the first-person narrator of Christ the Lord in this interview.

How to Write a Novel With Multiple Points of View
This article from NY Book Editors has advice if you want to try and write a story or novel from multiple viewpoints.

Kazuo Ishiguro Talks Narrators
Author Kazuo Ishiguro talks about his choice of narrators and how not to get stuck on one type of voice.

Point of View Examples
This article from Your Dictionary gives you some quick examples of writing in first-person, second-person and third-person point of view.

Point of View From My Point of View
Should a beginner write in first person or third or both? Find out what Alex Keegan has to say!

Point of View Pros and Cons
Author Joseph Bates explains the most commonly used POVs and the pros and cons associated with each of them.

The Mixed Results of Male Authors Writing Female Characters
This article from The Atlantic weighs in on the debate over how well authors can write as a member of the opposite sex.

Tips on Handling the Omniscient POV in Fiction
Jack Smith offers advice for writers looking to play god in this article for The Writer magazine.