Dan’s Tips for Teens #388

Our intestines don’t digest themselves. But what if you eat another person’s intestines? It might give your intestines an appetite for intestines. Then one night your intestines will say, “Hey, maybe it won’t be so bad if I digested a little bit of myself.” And that’s a dangerous highway to take, my friends.

Be smart. Don’t eat human (or monkey) intestines.

Writing Lesson #3: Choosing a Point of View

It’s important to establish the point of view of your story. Before typing the first word, you must identify who’s telling the story and how. Will your story be told by a man? A woman? A sexless beast named The Un-Thing? Maybe a cat is telling your story? Or a really smart pen. The possibilities are endless, and by endless, that means you have about ten options.  Let’s examine the use of each POV type.

First Person Narrative

If you’re writing about a sad woman trying to find herself in this crazy world, you’ll need to use a first person point of view. In first person storytelling, the events are explained through the thoughts of the main character, sometimes named Beatrice. It’s an easy way to clarify your main character’s feelings and motivations. Use this point of view if you want to keep something hidden from the reader and the main character. Here’s an example:

My name is Beatrice and I’m sad because I need to find myself. I sure hope my best friend isn’t evil.

And then in the last chapter, we’d learn that the friend was, indeed, evil. How shocking, right?

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