On Points-of-View…

For some people choosing a Point-of-View and a narrator are super simple. For others…maybe not so much. You have to do what’s best for the story, but you also have to do what’s best for you as writer. If a character in your story is like, “Hey, pick 1st person,” but you’re like, “Um, but somebody else needs to talk too,” find some common ground and marry the two, usually a split 3rd person limited POV. I say this because my thoughts naturally prance around from minute to minute. It’s not impossible for me to focus on just one character for an entire novel, but POVs limited to just one character have a way of driving me bat-crazy. I’m just about always going to need a break from them, even if it’s only for a couple of scenes. My brain just really, really wants to know what’s going on elsewhere, and I’ll hate my story and the focal point character if I don’t have the freedom to do that. Compromise makes us all happy. ^^

Below are side by same examples of all the POVs I could think of. My choice for my current projects: 3rd person limited present tense with varying POVs.

Examples & Breakdowns:

1st Person Past/Present/Future
-I slid into the car and drove my friends to the mall. I was so busy talking that I didn’t see the mailbox until I slammed into it.
-I slide into the car and drive my friends to the mall. I’m so busy talking that I don’t see the mailbox until I slam into it.
-I am going slide into the car and drive my friends to the mall. I’ll be so busy talking that I won’t see the mailbox until I slam into it.

2nd Person Past/Present/Future
-You opened the door and a ghost popped out. You screamed and ran into the bathroom to hide.
-You open the door and a ghost pops out. You scream and run into the bathroom to hide.
-You are going open the door and a ghost will pop out. You’ll scream and run into the bathroom to hide.

3rd Person Past/Present/Future
-She stepped onto the front porch and rang the doorbell. His mother answered the door with a butcher knife in tow.
-She steps onto the front porch and rings the doorbell. His mother answers the door with a butcher knife in tow.
-She is going to step onto front porch and ring the doorbell. His mother will answer the door with a butcher knife in tow. 

I’m going to use the same scene for the these last examples so you can really see the differences between limited and omniscient.

3rd Person Limited Past/Present/Future
-Lana raised her glass in a toast to Eric as a tight smile stretched across her face. He’s such a jerk. He raised his glass as well, his eyes clouding over with an emotion she couldn’t read.
-Lana raises her glass in a toast to Eric as a tight smile stretches across her face. He’s such a jerk. He raises his glass as well, his eyes clouding over with an emotion she can’t read. 
-Lana will raise her glass in a toast to Eric and a tight smile will stretch across her face. She thinks he’s a jerk. He’ll raise his glass as well as his eyes cloud over with an emotion she can’t read.

(From His POV) – Lana raised her glass in a toast and a tight smile stretched across her face. He raised his glass as well. He wanted to go home.
(From His POV) – Lana raises her glass in a toast and a tight smile stretches across her face. He raises his glass as well. He wants to go home.
(From His POV) – Lana will raise her glass in a toast and a tight smile will stretch across her face. He’ll raise his glass as well and wish he could go home.

3rd Person Omniscient Past/Present/Future
-Lana raised her glass in a toast to Eric. She wished she hadn’t agreed to go out with that jerk. He raised his glass as well. He wanted to go home.
-Lana raises her glass in a toast to Eric. She wishes she hadn’t agreed to go out with this jerk. He raises his glass as well. He wants to go home.
-Lana will raise her glass in a toast to Eric. She’ll wish she hadn’t agreed to go out him because she thinks he’s a jerk. He’ll raise his glass as well and think about how much he wants to go home.

And that’s a wrap! 

I’ve never heard of anyone writing in a future tense, but I thought I’d throw it in there for fun. ^^
I don’t think I will be experimenting with future tense, it’s a bit awkward to write, but I am definitely open to reading it! (Hey, I’ll try it at least once.)

Hi! ^_^