Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Third-Person Minor Character Narrator (7th In A Series)

This POV is seldom used because the writer must continually use proper names instead of pronouns so the reader will know who is talking. Unless you are a very experienced novelist, I would suggest you avoid this POV at all cost. Below is an example of how tedious this POV can be to a reader.

Ed Traynor didn't see Buck Buchanan until Buck returned to town a week later. Buck told Ed that he had found a terrific fishing place in the White Mountains. Ed said they would have to check it out one of these weekends.

Imagine 250 to 300 pages of this type of narrative? It wouldn't take long before this book found its way back to the bookshelf or onto a table at the next yard sale.

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