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That's So Ran~dom by TMT

Issue two: POV; Wha? Personally Owned Vehicle?

(Sorry about the short issue this time. If you want to read more, I post these on my site as soon as I have them written at so, you can read them there as well as the stories I mention)

In a story, there are many ways you can write the point of view from which the characters, actions, and events are viewed. I may be wrong, or not all correct, but if so, just deal, ok? OK ^_^

There are three main types of POV. Omniscient, third person limited, and first person.

Omniscient: Big word, huh? Just kidding. An omniscient POV means that the narrator is not in the story, and knows just about everything that is going on. Kind of like a god telling you every part of the story. This is a good way to write a story if seeing the antagonist's side of the story is what you want to do. However, it's not good if you want the characters ideas and thoughts secret, because this style portrays all things to the reader/viewer. But you probably already knew this, you smart person you. The story 'Terecel' by LKA in the fanfiction section of my site is written in this type of POV.

Third Person, Limited: This type of POV has a narrator-type person, who is not in the story, who can portray the main character's thoughts. This is in a way similar to omniscient POV, except that here, only the main character's thoughts can be portrayed. This is always a good style of POV, because it creates a sense of curiosity to as what the other characters are thinking, and what our character doesn't know. In my site, Ballade - sections 1A and 1B and Dusk (in the Fanfiction section) are written in this POV, with Jackie as the main character in Ballade and Huang as the main character in Dusk.

First Person: When you're writing in the first person, you are writing as if the main character of the story has written the story instead of yourself. You use the personal pronoun 'I' when referring to the main character. This is usually a good approach, because the reader develops stronger emotions toward the main character when they know all about what's going through their mind.

Now, for some of the ones that I sort of made up…

Second person: I know, there is no such thing as 2nd person POV. Well, this is what I'm saying. 2nd Person POV is the point of view of a person who is in the story, but is not the protagonist. Consider "To Kill a Mockingbird". The story is told through Scout, the little girl. However, the protagonist is the lawyer, not Scout. She is telling the story of him, which she just happens to take a part in. This is my definition of 2nd person POV.

Third person: I think a story told in the third person is kind of like having a camera follow the characters around, and then watching the tape play. You don't get any insight into the characters' thoughts, but you can see their actions and the events in an unbiased portrayal. You get a clear picture of what's happening; for instance, if a character becomes unconscious, and the story is being told in the first person, we don't know what's happening while they are unconscious. However, in 'third person' POV, we can see what's going on around them despite their state.

Of course, many writers use many variations of POV. That's fine, as long as your work is good.

So~, you mean: There are 5 types of POV: Omniscient (ooh, try typing that one three times fast), third person limited, first person, second person, and third person. You can write your story's POV with any variation of these as long as the finished work is readable and not confusing.

Oh, and email me at if you know of any other types of POV that I didn’t mention. Thanks!

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The end? That's So Ran~dom!

The sun---er, column will come out... next Sunday... bet your bottom dollar that next Sunday... it'll be here! Just thinking about... next Sunday... clears away the writer's block and the sorrow…

--Aren't I just so random?

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