First Person Point of View

You may have discovered that I take the cake when it comes to changing points of view. First person, third person, even second person. And all in the same book! I’d get bored if I wasn’t constantly climbing into different characters’ skins all the time, nosying through their little heads, trying out what it’s like to be different people.

This means that I’ve never written a book solely from the first person point of view of one single character. It’s a challenge I’d like to tackle at some point. I realize that this technique, so favoured by some of my favourite authors such as V.C. Andrews and Carmen Laforet, comes with its own peculiar set of challenges.

For example, what do you do to tell readers about things that you want them to know, but not the narrator? How can you convey knowledge or information to the readers that they should know, but our narrating protagonist doesn’t know?

To a certain extent, you can always use devices like foreshadowing, or other characters hinting at things, but the narrator doesn’t get the hints (but hopefully, the reader does!). But these are only useful up to a certain point. It still leaves so many things that you can’t convey or explain to the reader, when you only have one point of view.

Perhaps one solution is to introduce a second point of view, and alternate it with the narrating protagonist. But then it wouldn’t be one sole character’s first person POV all the way through. Ah, there’s always so much that still needs to be learnt in this fascinating, never-ending craft, isn’t there?

As to why I’d like to narrate a story from one sole point of view? Well, I guess I want a change. My first written novel (still unpublished) has several alternating narrators and points of view, and I guess I want to try out the opposite extreme.

So, we’ll see how this goes.

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