The choice you make when it comes to the point of view in your story determines how much interest you shall generate in your readers. This is important especially if you wish for them to keep reading your works of fiction. The point of view is what tells of the tone of the book. It is the perch from which the reader shall sit as they consume the story. You are thus better off knowing what points of view you have at your disposal in telling your stories. You need to also understand more about shifts in these point of view.
You shall hear of the first person point of view, through which a story is told using the character’s emotions, senses and internal thoughts. There is a limitation to the application of certain pronouns and verbs. There is the extensive use of the pronoun I. All verbs shall also be in present tense.
The a second-person point of view, on the other hand, relies on the pronoun You a lot. The readers may have a hard time getting into the mood of the story, as there is some distance created between the story and them.
There is the third person point of view, in which there is the use of the pronouns He and She. The verbs shall be in past tense. If used alone, there is the danger of isolation of the story from the readers. This is because the reader is left to see the story through the author’s eyes, with few glimpses through the character’s eyes.
The third person limited point of view takes the best of the third person point of view, and some of the first person point of view. The author shall thus use the first person character’s five senses, emotions and internal thoughts with the third person perspective, to tell the story through their narration. This style allows the author to showcase the world through the main character’s point of view.
You may also hear of the shifting points of view idea, which behaves like a magical perspective. It has the capability of revealing the emotions, thoughts, and five senses of anyone who sees through it. You can see it in the example of the description of what is happening at a party. You can see how people are enjoying themselves as the party goes on. Then something tragic happens, where a person has a seizure and collapses. We then see the main character, a police officer near the party, rush to the scene. We now start seeing the following events through their eyes. We can feel their emotions and reactions to the tragedy. We can also see their resolve to find out what happened. You need to see such shifts in works of fiction. We get a deeper level of understanding through them.