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True Meaning: Viewpoint Is About Judgement
“I wanted you to see out of my eyes so many times.” – Elizabeth Berg in Pull of the Moon.
When you’re writing from a character’s point of view, you are living that character on the page. You know what makes them tick—their religion, prejudices, fears, everything. You’re seeing the world from their eyes. Those eyes are the lens of viewpoint. Those eyes are the reader’s way into the story.
Say you’re writing a story about a woman who discovers her husband is cheating. If you’re writing from the wife’s point of view, what will her side of the story be? In the next chapter, you have the husband’s take on things? What will he say? How can the viewpoint differ in his chapter?
Context is critical when using viewpoint in a story.
A Christian male detective, for example, investigating the satanic murder of a young girl is going to have a very different viewpoint on the case than the victim’s grieving mother. The head of the satanic cult will have a different judgement than the first two.
Inside the frame.
The narrator or character is our guide through a story. His point of view colours how we the stories, he influences how the reader experiences the story in dramatic or subtle ways. It creates emotion. It creates contrast and dynamic tension in your story.
Remember you cannot understand the view without the point of view.