on Fiction University:
Point of view is one the most valuable tools a writer has.
I think at some point in their writing journey, every writer goes looking for the “secret” to writing. Is it the perfect writing template? A members-only plot generator? The ultimate list of words to cut from our manuscripts?
It’s point of view.
I’m a huge believer that mastering point of view (POV) will solve 99% of common writing problems. If a writer understands POV, then showing comes naturally, description is easier to write, character goals are clear, the stakes are personal, and thus stories feel more organic.
POV is all about being inside the character. To be inside a character you have to understand that character, and once you understand them, writing them becomes easier.