How To Write Short Stories – Part Five – Point of View in Short Stories

If you have missed my previous parts the content is as follows –

Part One – General outline of what a short story entails

Part Two – How to get inspiration for your short story

Part Three – Characters

Part Four – Plotting Your Short Story

This post will be quite short as there are only a few rules I follow regarding viewpoint when I write my short stories. These rules are as follows…

–          Try not to switch between viewpoints without warning in short stories because it will confuse the reader.

–          If you are going to switch between viewpoints make sure it is in a clear way, for example starting a new chapter with a different character’s viewpoint with their name as the title of the chapter or leave a reasonable amount of white space between the two character’s viewpoints.

–          Different viewpoints are a good thing because they broaden your plot. It allows the reader’s to get inside different character’s minds which they would not have been able to do if you only stick to one viewpoint.

–          In reality we do not know for sure what other people are thinking we can only guess and this has to reflect in your work. For example do not say ‘Sarah thought that play was boring’ ( if she has not actually said it herself) instead say ‘Sarah yawned a lot looking bored and disinterested’.

Hope this has helped! Part six will be on DIALOGUE so stay tuned! 🙂


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