2 Character Development Writing styles and Reading Perceptions are influenced by our own life experiences. What types of life experiences influence our perceptions? ACTION POINT: Make a character. Include specific details such as physical traits, personality quirks, and special features. THINK POINT: What about your character is actually a veiled reference to you or who you hope to become?
3 1st person Point of View 1st Person Point of View Uses the pronouns I or WeDetails of the story must be told from the storytellerThis is usually a main characterIf your main character can not touch, see, hear, taste, smell, think, know or feel something you can’t include it.To introduce something outside the main character your main character must observe actions or hear knowledge from another character.The 1st person point of view is friendly. The reader can feel like a close friend with the main character. The main character confides in the in reader. It is intimate.
4 1st Person Point of View Issues with 1st Person Point of View You must know your character very wellDialect and personality quirks must be carried throughout the storyYou must SHOW the reader and not TELL the reader everything that is happeningIf you base your main character upon yourself, your character can quickly become boring.Even if the POV does not end up working for your story, it is excellent to try writing from the POV to help with your character development.
5 2nd person Point of ViewSecond person point of tiew treats the reader as a character in the storyThe pronoun you is used frequently (Think: Choose Your Own Adventure)The POV can be challenging due to the battle you may have with your reader in dictation their actionsThis POV is used less than 1st and 3rd person POV
6 3rd Person Point of ViewThird person point of view tells the story with the author as a narrator.The pronouns he or she will be usedThe narrator may be omniscient or limitedOmniscient means the narrator knows everything everyone is thinking or doing.Limited Omniscient means the narrator know everything ONE CHARACTER is thinking or doing.Third Person Limited Omniscient writing gives a bit more freedom than writing in first person LO shows thoughts where as FP shows mainly actions and words
7 Action PointThink: Point of view can be altered for different purposes or effects.Ask: How does the author decide the most effective point of view?Ask: What changes would we see if the point of view were altered?Do: Write a letter or a poem using the show not tell technique.