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Where Teens Write is closing its doors as a teen writing community, but the “how to write” blog posts will be up for another few weeks.
 
I’m happy to announce that you can post your stories and get feedback over at Teen Author’s Journal. Like WTW, it’s a smaller community where you can build relationships with others and hone your writing skills.
 
It’s been a great few years with all of you, but it’s time to close the doors to this community. If you did post stories here that you didn’t save anywhere else, and you’d like them, you may contact me using the contact page, and I’ll get you your story. Thank you for participating.
 
All the best,
Amy
 

Point of View

How do you tie together multiple POV’s?

This summer, I started reading the wildly popular Game of Thrones in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin yet again. I've started it two other times but never could get into the story. This time, I stuck with it and am finally enjoying it, but it took until past [...]

An Awesome List of WTW’s 2014 Blog Posts

Throughout 2014, we posted on the blog (almost) every Thursday. The posts included both creative writing instruction and inspiration for all you teen writers out there Reviewing all of the posts was actually kind of fun, and I was surprised at how much content is on the site from 2014. Check some of the posts [...]

This past week, I've had several conversations with teen writers about their current stories in progress. They all went something like this: Me: "Who's your POV character? Who's telling the story?" Teen: "Well, the main character. Who else would it be?" Me: "Okay, but how would the main character know that X was happening? Or, [...]

The omniscient narrator or POV is often referred to as a "God-like" narrator, one that narrates the thoughts and feelings of any given character at any given time. It is often compared to a camera lens that looks down on a scene happening. The narrator is never in the scene but instead watches and narrates [...]

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for each of you who stop by, visit, and post on WTW. Now to the week's post... First and third person POV's are hands down the most common perspectives authors use. Often teens ask me, "Why not second person?" Because second person is using "you," and generally your story [...]

Third-person point of view (POV) is the most common POV used in contemporary fiction. Writers use the pronouns "he," "she," "it," and "they" and refer their characters by their name. For example, a first person statement might read: "I sat down and put my head in my hands. What am I going to do? Stay? [...]

Try Writing from an Animal's POV

Some of my favorite books and stories are written from an animal's point of view. Mark Twain published  "A Dog's Tale" in 1903. It begins in typical, humorous Twain style: "My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian." I'm not sure if Twain was the first to [...]

Try Writing from an Animal’s POV

Some of my favorite books and stories are written from an animal's point of view. Mark Twain published  "A Dog's Tale" in 1903. It begins in typical, humorous Twain style: "My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian." I'm not sure if Twain was the first to [...]

When writing in first person point of view, you use the pronouns "I" and "we." First person POV creates an intimate connection between the character and the reader as the reader has access to all of the POV character's actions and reactions. Readers know what the character is thinking, why they do what they do, [...]

POV Part 2 – Choosing your POV Exercise

Before starting to write any piece, it's important to consider the point of view, or POV, you will use. Will you write from first person? Completely inside one characters head? Or maybe you want to focus on more than one character, in which case you might choose a third person POV. Before you decide, try [...]

POV part 1 – What is POV head hopping?

"Head hopping" happens when you inadvertently "lose" your point of view and hop from one character's head to another. This is a problem when you're trying to maintain either a 1st person POV or a 3rd limited POV. In any given scene, you should have ONE POV character to "anchor" the narration. A different character [...]

Playing with Point-of-View

Point of view, or POV,  is the perspective in which a story is told. There are three types of POV. In first person, the main character tells the story and uses "I." In third person limited, the POV is limited to one character, but that character is referred to as he/she/they. In third person omniscient, [...]

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