On Reading

Harper’s Harpings – Points of View, Reading and Writing



I have searched through the last fifty books I have read on my kindle/iBooks to see which points of view feature.  There is an even split between first and third, so I guess from finishing these books I don’t really mind what I read.

I do like reading from all points of view, sometimes reading from just the one character I crave to know what the other one is thinking.  That is down to the talent of the writer to not make me think I have lost out. I am assuming.

There are some authors that I love, (proper love, so much I want to meet them and quiz them about how they write), who write from one person’s point of view and I know what everyone is thinking and feeling.  I want to be able to write like that.

Do I write like that already?  Well I don’t know unless I ask my readers, I have not quite got that far yet in asking for feedback and critique.

One thing I have learned along the way is to write the same story from both points of view and then merge them so that I have covered all areas.  I write this behind the scenes, especially if I am stuck on a scene and can’t get a feel for the characters.  It isn’t something I would consider writing to publish, two versions of the same story.  It does help me write, however.

Skipping into the mind of a support character to see how they would see the scene really helps me, to see if I may have missed anything.  I try to picture the scene and watch what the main characters may look like, facial expressions, body language and so on.

It doesn’t always work but it is another dimension to how I can write a scene.  I drive myself insane sometimes acting out the scene in my head and dig out my keys, un clip my key rings and place them on the table.  I could use things nearest to me but the Star Wars and Spiderman figures I have on my key rings worked the first time so I have tended to stick with them every time.

Leia, R2D2, and Spiderman really help when there are three people in the scene.  It is fun too as it lightens my stressed state in trying to write a good scene.



At the moment I am undecided whose point of view to write my current WIP, I keep swaying back and forth.  I have written from both first person and third person in past publications, and I don’t have a preference.  Depends on who I am feeling at the time I suppose, whose story I am trying to tell.

All of this is procrastination of course, I should be writing the book and not this but I needed to get it off my chest.

Which point of view do you write from?  Do you have a preference of reading a point of view?

Thanks for reading




Harper’s Motto: You will not be everybody’s favourite flavour, but that’s ok, because they will not always be your favourite flavour.  Be who you want to be and you will attract the people who will support you no matter what.



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