The heart of fiction writing
All the books and classes talk about ‘point of view’, but you’re still confused? Or maybe your feedback from readers mentions point of view as an issue?
Point of view is one of those skills which can just snap into place with the right understanding – but without it, you may be floundering.
It’s also a skill which can be deepened and honed – so even if you think you have a basic understanding, you will still be able to ramp up the impact of your writing through a more sophisticated use of point of view.
Even very successful writers work hard on this aspect of their writing, and this course gives you their techniques and shortcuts to developing an effective narrative voice.
This course will help you develop your skills in characterisation and narration, using point of view as a tool which helps you to both dramatise your story and engage your readers.
This course will help you to do the following:
- Understand the way that a character’s traits and backstory can be used to create their ‘voice’ (narrative style).
- Avoid the common pitfalls of writing from a specific point of view.
- Understand the different uses of direct and indirect discourse.
- Delve deeper into your character’s way of seeing and moving through the world.
- Discover how to convey that to your reader; to control your reader’s reactions to your main characters.
- Develop skills in imaginative, evocative, and precise writing.
- Become confident in writing third person limited point of view (if you don't know what this means, then this course is a MUST).
Why you need it
Point of view is an essential skill in fiction writing. In fact, editors and publishers often say they will reject stories where authors clearly do not understand point of view. Or where they have used it inconsistently.
Why? Because stories are told through characters. We believe in those characters – especially the point of view characters – by how much the narration fits them and their view of the world. An authentic character voice draws the reader deep into the story and makes it come alive in a unique way.
This ability to see through a character’s eyes and narrate the story through their experience is what sets books apart from film and television. It’s one of the main reasons readers seek out novels and memoirs – to experience what it’s like to be another human being.
But writing from a character’s point of view isn’t always easy, and there are many pitfalls along the way.
This course will develop your skills in narrative so that your ‘voice’ is authentic and engaging.
By the end of this course...
If you complete all the activities the course offers, by the end you will have acquired greater understanding of how point of view works in creating effective fiction, and have developed a number of skills.
In particular, you will have:
- at least one developed narrative style based on your character and their point of view
- a process to follow for developing your narrative style in future stories.
How our “self-paced courses” work
Fiction Essentials: Point of View is one of AWC’s 20+ “self-paced” online courses. But what does that mean? Allow us to explain:
What’s included in your online course?
- 2.5 hours of content – access anytime at your own pace
- 4 audio lessons plus 4 supporting handouts
- 1 practical exercise to solidify your new skills