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The Author is Omnipresent…

December 22, 2013

Omnipresent -definition: present everywhere at the same time

Flow Chart

When we create a narrative, our first priority is to decide on which point of view we want to use, the narrative perspective or mode. First person, second or third. Each has it’s own guidelines and enables us to manipulate the reader into the mindset of the character or characters  we wish them to sympathize with. As the author we are the omnipresent voice, the one who directs the action and reveals the plot.

Nathan Bransford wrote about the comparison between the third person omniscient versus third person limited here:

Another good link, which assists with choosing your narrative style is here:

No matter which mode you use, you decide on the direction of the tale and what to reveal and what to hide throughout the story.

Which mode do you use?

Have you tried all narrative modes?

I had to add once I saw this on my facebook page – 


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  2. Thanks! The links were helpful too. I usually just write what I “feel” is right, and when it doesn’t, go back and check out these strategies!


  3. Reblogged this on Journey Taker and commented:
    An excellent look at point of view. I’ll be sure to reference it myself!


  4. Great chart! Very helpful! I hope it’s okay to reblog.


  5. Love the cartoon!


  6. Reblogged this on The BiaLog and commented:
    An awesome tool to help figure out what you’re writing in. One thing I’d like to add is Omniscient has multiple POVs without breaks. Each paragraph can be a different POV. It’s only head hopping if there are multiple POVs in the same paragraph.


  7. Reblogged this on chrismcmullen and commented:
    Here is a handy chart to study before you start writing a novel. 🙂


  8. I love this chart. Authors need to read it before they start writing, of course. 🙂


  9. Reblogged this on The Neophyte Writer and commented:
    If you’ve ever had any questions or concerns about point of view when writing your story and the way in which your character will see it and tell it, here is a great example.


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