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I found that reading Alicia Rasley's book was somewhat like what T. S. Eliot meant when he wrote about exploring the whole world only to come back to. .

I found that reading Alicia Rasley's book was somewhat like what T. Eliot meant when he wrote about exploring the whole world only to come back to his starting point and knowing the place for the first time. Indeed, after you read and master "The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life" every other writing craft book you read will be placed in a more useable context. Craft books will become more meaningful, more memorable, more useful, and more satisfying to read. This is why I wish I had read this book first.

your characters can make your story come to life. Rasley explains all the variations in point of view, and how each is used, in detail; and there are many variations on the third person omniscient POV to consider

your characters can make your story come to life. Rasley explains all the variations in point of view, and how each is used, in detail; and there are many variations on the third person omniscient POV to consider. I thought the book was weakest in failing to distinguish clearly between the narrative voice and the character’s point of view.

It's also something most writers struggle to understand. of View will help you determine which of your characters can make your story come to life. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. In The Power of Point of View, RITA Award-winning author Alicia Rasley first teaches you the fundamentals of point of view (POV)–who is speaking, why, and what options work best within the conventions of your chosen genre. Then, she takes you deeper to explain how POV functions as a crucial piece of your story–something that ultimately shapes and drives character, plot, and every other component of your fiction.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. A story changes depending on who's telling it, and The Power of Point of View will help you determine which of your characters can make your story come to life. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. This is dedicated to my parents, Jeanne and Robert Todd, who guided all of their eight children to be avid readers. Too many fellow writers have helped me to name them all individually.

The difference between a pedestrian telling of a story and a powerful telling is in how the point of view is handled

The difference between a pedestrian telling of a story and a powerful telling is in how the point of view is handled. A well-written story is one in which the author allows POV to guide not just how the plot develops, but how the story - the merging of plot and character - develops

In her book The Power of Point of View: Make Your Story Come to Life, Alicia Rasley uses The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever as an example of choosing the point-of-view of the character with the most at risk.

In her book The Power of Point of View: Make Your Story Come to Life, Alicia Rasley uses The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever as an example of choosing the point-of-view of the character with the most at risk

It's also something most writers struggle to understand. your characters can make your story come to life. In The Power of Point of View, RITA Award-winning author Alicia Rasley first teaches you the fundamentals of point of view (POV)-who is speaking, why, and what options work best within the conventions of your chosen genre. Then, she takes you deeper to explain how POV functions as a crucial piece of your story-something that ultimately shapes and drives character, plot, and every other component of your fiction your characters can make your story come to life.

Unlike other books on POV, The Power of Point of View goes beyond simply defining the various POV options and shows readers how to use POV to enhance and tie together all other story components.

LoboThommy
I've read over 100 writing craft books in the last forty years and " The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life " is the one I wish I'd read first and the most often.

My degree is in philosophy, which I love and have read all my life, so the author's well thought out and fully analyzed presentation was like music to my ears.

"The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life" is not sugar coated. It's for the writer who wants to get 'under the hood' and fully understand how and why everything works.

I loved it!

I read the hardbound edition years ago when it came out and I bought the Kindle version more recently to enable searches for specific POV coverage anywhere in the text. I also prefer the Kindle version because I can always have it with me. Sometimes I like to check a POV I'm reading in a novel against what "The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life" has to say about that POV.

Here's the main thing: if you wanted to be a professional movie director, you'd have to know all about the camera. You'd have to be an expert on every camera angle and technique imaginable. Screenwriters know not to include camera techniques or scene instructions in their screenplays because directors will be agrivated and pay no attention to them anyway.

However, when you are novelist you are the director. Your 'camera' is the POV you choose to use for a scene. Everything is framed within a POV. You, as the author. must provide the camera's eye view for your reader. If you want to be a serious professional writer you will need to know and understand all about POV and not just the first person, third person, and omniscient POVs. In a way, you can't even fully understand these POVs without seeing the total picture!

As you read "The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life" you'll discover that there is so much more available in POV techniques that it may 'blow your mind'.

I found that reading Alicia Rasley's book was somewhat like what T. S. Eliot meant when he wrote about exploring the whole world only to come back to his starting point and knowing the place for the first time.

Indeed, after you read and master "The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life" every other writing craft book you read will be placed in a more useable context. Craft books will become more meaningful, more memorable, more useful, and more satisfying to read. This is why I wish I had read this book first. It makes every other writing book you read thereafter a much more useful writing tool.

By all means, read "The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life" first. If you cannot read it first, as I was unable to, then read it as soon as possible. You'll gain important learning leverage.

I recommend that serious writers buy both the print and the Kindle versions. I did it myself.

As an exercise I suggest that writers take a favorite scene and rewrite it over and over using at least eight of the POV choices presented in this book. Learn how each POV works and why it can be the most effective way to present a given scene. This way you can experience the full power and scope of all the useful tools you have available as a writer.

Again, "The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life" is the most productive writing craft book I've ever read. It has my highest recommendation. I only wish it was available years ago when I began reading craft books.
Iseared
This book is definitely NOT for beginner writers. In fact, I am now more confused about POV than before I read the book.

If you already know a lot about POV and how to write you might better understand what the heck the author is talking about - I personally found it very difficult to understand. The explanations are not clear, or simply stated - perhaps it's just too advanced for my level of knowledge but I found it very frustrating. I wish I had gone with a different book!

And, as some reviews already stated - the font size is tiny and difficult to see.
monotronik
I wish I had time to write a long review, but let me just say that I love this book. The pieces started to click when I started reading this book. I began to understand more about my characters' perspective and how to make them all different from each other. There is an exercise at the end of each chapter. This book is on my top ten writing books to read.
Malodred
Initially, I was hesitant in purchasing this book as I saw so many copies becoming available as "used". When that happens, either the book is lacking in content or its organizational style makes it difficult to read. Well, I am glad I purchased it because the book offers a very detailed look on Point of View as well addressing advanced particulars in mixing POVs, voice, and time. Almost every chapter is followed with a recommended reading list for further study as well as helpful exercises to emphasize craft.

This is definitely a book that needs to be read more than once. Not because of level of difficulty but because of the amount of helpful information. Perhaps that is why there are so many copies available. Her book is not organized with boxes of summaries, lists, a lot of white space or diagrams. No space is wasted and perhaps for some this style might be intimidating as it seems (visually) like you are about to read a novel.

Rasley is definitely an author to watch out for in terms of "Writing How-To's. I would love to see her write a book on Dialogue as there are so many duds out there.

In The Power of Point of View, Rasley notes her personal preferences when writing herself, but does not allow her explanations of POV to be biased by that. She talks about Genre conventions, narrative distance, to individualizing POV. She uses a conversational tone in her explanations and makes learning POV easy to understand. My only minor pet peeve is that she did not include a bibliography at the end of the book to wrap up all the books that she has mentioned and recommended.

Here is the Table of Contents:

1. What is POV
2. POV Choices and What They Communicate About Your Story
3. POV and the Elements of Story
4. First Person
5. Second Person
6. Impersonal Third Person
7. Personal Third Person - Single
8. Personal Third Person - Multiple
9. Individualizing POV
10. Levels of POV
11. Creating Alternative and Unusual Voices

All in all, if you are ready for a full immersion of a Master Class in POV, then definitely get this one!

If you are looking for just a basic primer to start off with on POV with some of the more advanced nuances explained in briefest terms, than check out Donna Levin's "Get That Novel Written". It has 2 excellent chapters on POV and Time.
Danial
I consider myself a fairly advanced writer. I've studied POV in writing courses and on my own, and it's a topic most writers tend to struggle with... and most tend to fall into the "safe" first person and third person, because they are easy, and easily understood.

What Ms. Rasley has done is put together an exhaustive reference of OTHER choices, complete with examples and reasons why a writer might choose them to tell a particular story. To me, that is what makes this book worth every penny of the purchase price: demystifying the choice of WHO should tell a particular story.

If I had to whittle my large collection of writing books down to just a handful, this is absolutely one I would keep!