Point with a View

Viewpoint is like a dinner wine. When it's good, it complements the literary entrée without being obtrusive or overpowering. And when it's bad, it can make the story taste like keg-dregs…

Just like a master vintner, in order to create the desired effect with your usage of viewpoint, you must know the rules. Some of the rules include:

As I mentioned before, these are simply rules. Guidelines. Tools. And you know the saying as well as I do about breaking the rules. A superior storyteller, however, not only knows the rules and breaks them on occasion but can fully justify his reasons for either following them to a T … or throwing them out the proverbial window.

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Revised 14 March 2013