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Point of View

It's taken me months to decide what point of view to tell my latest novel from... and I can't even be sure I've fully decided now. What concerns me about this is have I really decided what story I'm telling if I'm having trouble with something so basic? I think I'm trying to pack too much into this story again (it's a recurring problem). How do you straighten out in your own mind the story you are trying to tell?

Asked by: Victoria Whithear

  1. Jarmila Nistorova 2 weeks ago

    I don't do this but I think I have to allow you guys know about it, I'm full of joy and happiness. I had just left work and went into Moonfish Cafe to have my dinner and then Boom this guy called Dermot walks up to me and was like I looked beautiful, I just blushed and said thanks. I don't know how it happened but he managed to eat on the same table with me, a dinner that I was supposed to have and go home turned into something else that was unexpected but it was extremely beautiful and was growing into three months. We both came up with this Love, at first sight, Dermot was and still is a guy with everything I want in a man all thanks to Dr Iziegbe. Well to cut the whole story short, things was actually good for us until he met some kind of female colleague I don't really know, she was so attached to my man at work, I was so jealous and tried all I could until one day that Dermot told me we were both on the wrong side, that we weren't perfect for each other, the truth is this is a man that once told me that what we have is real and true, I was so down and felt like the worst of the whole world had come to an end for me because he is everything to my heart. I tried everything I could for us to reconcile whatever the differences were but things didn't go as planned and we had to go our separate ways. I was depressed and couldn't do anything, every day of my life I kept on missing Dermot, I couldn't let him go off my heart because I still love him and I had a lot of doubts believing anyone and the internet that this or that could make things work, reasons was because I don't know who is who, was surfing the internet and came across Dr Iziegbe affix, I was just like let me give it a try. Dr Iziegbe can be very scary because of the cleansing and stuff I was told to do on myself alone, guys you need to be bold if you want to ever contact him because it's scary, but I love Dermot and would go extra miles for the love of my heart, Dr Iziegbe brought all my doubts to fulfilment when Dermot called me. We spoke and then I couldn't just believe what was happening, was crying though it was tears of joy, he said he was sorry and wrong concerning what he said about us not been perfect for each other, us going our separate ways, I had to asked him "Dermot are you sure about this because it's me Jarmila that you're speaking with" then he said "I am serious Jarmila I love you" on hearing that it was like my life was back, we are still together and still in love, I never left Aberdeen again, I'm the happiest girl anyone can wish for right now. You can always reach him on Whatsapp/call - +2348146895711. Mail -

  2. Labisi A 3 weeks ago

    Hello Victoria,
    This happened to me a lot with my recently published book. We tend to be partial about the importance of our words and believe everything is significant to the story we are telling. The secret, really, is employing a fresh mind/set of eyes to look at what you have, and help determine what ties your story together and what does not. That's the job of a very good professional editor.

    Good luck. I hope I have been able to help.

  3. Neil McGowan on January 1, 2020

    As Edward says, don't worry about too much content - it can be edited down later (and I find most of the pruning comes from near the beginning of the book, where I've been writing my way into the characters and getting to know them).

    For POV, I think you know once you've got it right. I recently finished a psychological thriller and it took forever to work that one out, until I hit on writing it from multiple POVs (first person present/third person present and a small section in second person present). Until then, I had the story but it felt wooden; rewriting one of the antagonist's scenes in 2nd person made it come alive.

  4. Edward Richardson on December 26, 2019

    You might try stepping back for a time, maybe six months, better still a year. By that time your brain will have sorted it out. The subconcious will carry on working your story out for you - it works for me anyway!

    This does not mean you don't think about it in the meantime - even adding or subtracting, but let it mature.

    I would not be worried about packing too much into your story - the more you have to work on the more you can edit later.


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