Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Meeting, Sunday, February 24, 2019

We have decided to proceed with an anthology of writings from group writing prompts. This will be in e-book format for the time being at no cost. Virginia has offered to prep this book but each submission should be edited. Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2019.


Headwaters Writers’ Guild
February 24, 2019
Third Person Point of View

Third person POV is used when your narrator is not a character in the story. Third person uses the "he/she/it" narrator and it is the most commonly used POV in writing.

There are 3 main types of Third Person POV:

Third Person Limited: Limited means that the POV is limited to only one character. Which means that the narrator only knows what that character knows. With third person limited you can choose to view the action from right inside the character's head, or from further away, where the narrator has more access to information outside the protagonist's viewpoint.

Third Person Multiple: This type is still in the "he/she/it" category, but now the narrator can follow multiple characters in the story. The challenge is making sure that the reader knows when you are switching from one character to another. Make the switch obvious with chapter or section breaks.

Third Person Omniscient: This point of view still uses the "he/she/it" narration but now the narrator knows EVERYTHING. The narrator isn't limited by what one character knows, sort of like the narrator is God. The narrator can know things that others don't, can make comments about what's happening, and can see inside the minds of other characters.

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Tell a story of a new relationship from both people’s perspectives. Here’s the catch: there should be no scenes between the two of them. You can only use descriptions to other characters, diary entries, thoughts, dreams, and anything else that doesn’t involve contact between the two main characters. 
The forest at Eryn’s End has a history of paranormal activity. Most recently, a young couple has disappeared while on a day hike. Write a story using either the perspective of one person from the couple, the perspective of one person of the couple and one of the potential rescuers or the perspective of the forest as an omniscient voice.

A vacationing family comes across a lone building called “Curiosities and Collectibles” while driving from the big city to the remote cabin they have rented for a week. Inside they find an elderly man tending the shop that looks strangely like an older version of the father/husband.
Write a story using the perspective of the father/husband and the old man.

Jennie and Matt go on a double date with Jennie’s best friend Clara and her new boyfriend Jake. Tell a story using one of the third person points of view.

Four co-workers, who have worked together at the factory for years, finally have their numbers come up in the Super 8 Lottery. Tell the story using one of the third person points of view.

It’s Bill and Carol’s wedding day! Write a story from the point of view of the bride, the groom and the priest, who has known them both since they were children.

Five siblings gather for the reading of their widowed mother’s will. Choose one of the third person points of view to tell the story.

Maggie Magee wants to skydive for her 60th birthday. Her daughter is horrified and her husband is elated. Tell the story from each person’s point of view.

The Manor on the Hill is an old Victorian home that has been converted to a bed and breakfast and is haunted by several ghosts and one malevolent spirit intent on burning the place down. Choose a third person point of view to tell a story of how the ghosts and/or their living guests attempt to get rid of the “Fire Starter”.

Next Meeting: Sunday, March 10th, 1:30pm
Judy is leading.

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