Leo is gorgeous but there’s nothing she can do about it. She accepts that. It does sound crazy to other people, men and women, but Leo would rather be NOT gorgeous.
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Author Guest Post
Is Perspective Different From Point of View?
By A P VON K’ORY
Are POVs and Perspectives different entities in writing? The answer is yes, they’re distinctively different. As a writer, you need the sharpest tool in the drawer to slice through that thin separation line between them. But each of them greatly contributes to giving the story a backbone made of steel.
Point of View
We all know the basic three POVs: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Third POV comes with attachments – third person limited, multiple, and omniscient. Writers are at liberty to take their pick. I tend to go for third POV multiple when I’m writing fiction. But writing from multiple points of view is one of the most difficult tasks in literature. The writer has to juggle different personalities and motivations, while they simultaneously have the task of making sure the story remains the same and still retains cohesion.
The writer has to choose, adhere to, and focus on whose story they’re telling as well as who is actually speaking. That complicates POV because POV is defined by the narrator you choose to tell the story. In addition the 1st and 3rd POVs can be split into a variety of classifications.
The First Person Point of View iswhere you apply I, me, and myself in the narrative. The narrator tells the story as it is happening or had already happened. This POV makes the story personal because the protagonist is also the narrator. But the 1st POV can also be a narrator telling someone else’s story. There are four types of 1st POV narrators:
The MC/Protagonist. Here the protagonist tells their own story first-hand including the commentary. It’s popular with romance, especially the current slew of steamy/erotic stories in all their amalgam of tropes.
A Secondary Character. This narrator may not be the person the story is about. Instead they share their experiences within the context of the story and are most powerful when they have a relationship with the protagonist whose story they are sharing, e.g. siblings, parents, spouses.
The Observer. Here the narrator is a witness to the story without taking part in it. This first person observer is very akin to third person limited, but shares the story from their perspective using the personal pronouns (I, me, myself) to comment on the story.
The Unreliable Narrator. This type of narrator uses hearsay to share the story and is therefore unreliable. Their sources might not be entirely trustworthy with regard to the story’s accuracy or authenticity.
The Second Person Point of View is also the rarest of all three POVs. This is due to its being the hardest to write convincingly. It’s the POV where the narrator employs you, your, and yourself, avoiding all personal pronouns. I’ve never tried it for a full story and I deliberately avoid it in the romance genre. But writers who can master it do write compelling stories.
The Third Person Point of View is the POV used by many successful writers because, unlike the more restrictive 1st and 2nd POVs, it allows the narrator more flexibility. Both reader and author can become globetrotters [as in my GOLDEN SHANA series where global business players Shana and Roman – plus their families – travel around and/or reside in all the four corners of the earth owing to their work or business obligations]. The writer and their readers share universal views of events taking place in the same story. However you can also limit 3rd POV and keep the focus on only one person. Here are its segments:
Third Person Limited. This POV concentrates on only one protagonist throughout the story.
Third Person Multiple. Here, the POV follows multiple people, switching the narrators back and forth between their individual stories or perspectives. [e.g. my story of Leo and Adrian in the UNTAMEABLE series] This POV is most popular in thrillers and mystery/suspense.
Third Person Omniscient is when the author /narrator knows everything , from the characters to the rest of the world in which the story is taking place. The narrator has limitless knowledge on all fronts including the past, present, or even future.
Perspective in Writing
Perspective is the protagonist’s way of processing and dealing with what is going on in the story. Compare this to POV:
- In Point of view the focus is on the type of narrator used to tell the story
- Perspective on the other hand focuses on how the narrator perceives what is actually happening in the story
Perspective can be used in all points of view in order to assist the author in defining the narrator’s attitude and personality. The protagonist’s perspective is what affects the way they feel about particular experiences or about other characters in the story.
The writer should make sure that the perspectives of different characters in the story are never mirror images. Like in real life, each person’s perspective has to be different and distinctive to them. As an example, take readers/reviewers. They read one and the same story but come away with different perspectives, particularly between those who love the story and those who don’t even like it. Each individual clutches their own individual set of experiences or observations. The story in all probability will change depending on who tells it. Their perspective of the story is the lens through which they see the world and determine how they view themselves, others, and everything else around them. Perspective has nothing to do with POV. To create a story that’s well-rounded irrespective of the POV, the writer has to nail perspective.
“There are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying.” ~ Robert Evans
To pen the wholesome, 3-D characters, the author has the task of understanding the perspective of everyone in the story. Including the antagonist because even the villain is a protagonist in his perspective world.
Perspective Improves Your Writing
As an exercise, take a moment to inject the real world dynamism between the characters by writing an ordinary or a complicated scene – from the perspective of each person. Simply get inside the characters and understand their thought processes, beliefs, experiences and feelings. Jot them down. Then do the same exercise from all or as many different POVs as you like. See what you come up with regarding the difference between point of view and perspective, that make your story that much stronger. Once you master usage of the values of POV and Perspective, please tell me about your experience.
I’d simply love to know. Happy writing.
About the Book
His Untameable Wickedness
by A P von K’Ory
Published 30 June 2022
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance Suspense
Page Count: 305
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A three-letter word made me a murderess at the age of eight years. But having experienced the curses of that word, I was done with men as I grew up. All men.
Except to outplay them in the New York financial arena.
Then Crowned Sex enthroned in gorgeous velvet charm and lustful gallantry storms into my life. pewing volcanic lava on my monumental arctic ice block. With the unapologetic fierceness of a savage god. Wearing crackling thunderbolts straight from the god Zeus. Explosive has nothing on it.
Adrian isn’t hot, he’s fucking hellish. He embarks on melting my ice block at the speed of lightning. But I was done with men.
I was done with sex. Forever. I. Was.
I scented her darkness from the moment I was told about her. The sight of her sealed my decision. She was the woman created for my own darkness. I set off to protect her even from herself. Protect her to claim. Fuse her darkness with my own.
I’d fended women off me with bazookas when I was done but they weren’t. I wasn’t prepared for the battle I soon fought. Not only with her but also with her family. And New York’s billionaire gangsters who own entourages of corrupt cops and politicians. With every battle I won, she started new darker wars around me.
You ate or you were eaten. Not even starving was an option.
NOTE: Although the blurb is in the first person, the story of Leo and Adrian is written in the third person. This story contains adult material including explicit sex and violence. You’ve been warned.
“If you feel I should stop, say you’re mine.”
“I am, I am! Just don’t stop, Adrian.”
He stopped, chortling deep in his chest, eyeing her from under his brows as his head lifted with her jerky thrusts. Adrian’s molten lava eyes radiated something utterly demonic but captivating, hypnotizing. They now seemed to shoot her senses with the wickedness every single cell in her craved. Those eyes concentrated on her flawed body, her utterly broken soul, crushing the fierce pride she falsely nurtured for her protection.
He made her feel invincible. Armored, even against his demonic wickedness.
He licked behind her ear, whispered, “Stop being your worst enemy, wildcat, and simply receive and revel in pleasure. Your whole body’s made to receive it. From me.”
About the Author
P von K’Ory writes the kind of books she herself would like to read and is passionate about, whether romance, psychological thriller or nonfiction. She is the winner of six awards from four continents, the last one being the Achievers Award for Writer of the Year 2013 in the Netherlands. The Selmere Integration Prize was awarded her in 2014 for her engagement in helping African Women in the Diaspora cope with a variety of domestic and social problems. The Proposal, a short story, won the Cook Communications first prize in 2010 and is published in an American anthology Africa 2012. In 2012, she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to Western society in various papers, theses, and lectures. Again in 2012, her book Bound to Tradition: The Dream was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize by the Author-me Group, Sanford, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Von K’Ory is married to an aristocrat and politician of Franco-German descent, has a large extended family. She lectures Economics and Sociology in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She’s migratory and – weather willing – lives in Germany, France, Cyprus, and Greece.
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