Freelance Writing, Writing Skills

Different Points-of-View

14 Aug , 2014  

Writing for starters is quite interesting because you need to learn the very basic systems of article, story, instructional or any types of writing again. One of the basics is the differences in Points-of-views. First, what is a point-of-view? In writing, it is the narrator’s particular position in relation to the story that’s being told. The different types of POV’s are:


  • Mainly, the writer is the narrator and uses “I” as a single character (protagonist or antagonist)
  • For the readers, it’s experiencing the story through the narrator and writer’s interpretation of the story.
  • Common in blogs, books, articles, etc.


  • Mainly, the writer uses the active voice and “you” as the reader.
  • For the readers, it’s more like reading something to follow like a guide.
  • Common in “How to” articles and the like.


  • This is the most commonly used POV for author’s of a book.
  • It’s narrating a story but the narrator himself is not a part of the story.
  • Mainly, the writer is using “He, she, they” referring to the characters.
  • There are 3 main types of 3rd person POV:
    • THIRD PERSON LIMITED- narrating only to one character
    • THIRD PERSON MULTIPLE- narrating to multiple characters (shifting from one event to another)
    • THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT- narrating with the knowledge of everything (quite the same with Third person POV but this time the narrator reads through the mind of the characters)

These points-of-view exist in story writing, article writing or other types of writing and this is very basic but, at times, tends to be forgotten. The importance of these POV’s are to acknowledge who is in the position to tell each part of the story, in that way, readers can either relate to or understand the story or article easier.


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