Are you wondering which Point of View (POV) you are using? Then the chance is high you’re using 3rd person limited – and you’re doing it wrong.
I’ve talked about POV before and this is a brief reminder. The question about point of view is simple – who is seeing the story unfold?
1st person – Who sees? I do.
2nd person – Who sees? A narrator sees what you do
3rd person limited – Who sees? The main character/s/ does
3rd person omniscient – Who sees? The narrator does
Most people think they’re doing 3rd person omniscient – but they’re actually doing limited. Problem is that they’re doing it from everyone’s POV, at once. The rule is: Do not change POV within a scene. I know published authors do it, but I usually burn those books or feed them to the cat.
3rd person omniscient is a separate narrator. It can be the main character, but it’s a main character who sees herself differently (for example when looking back in time).
Assignment – write a 200 word story in each POV. I’d love to see your results in the comment section. Let me know if you want me to correct them and I’ll do that too (if needed).