Using the Third Person in Writing: Omniscient Point of View
Point of view in literature is the position a writer takes when telling a story. POV determines how much information the writer gives to the readers. Someone has to tell a story, and that is the narrator.
Writing in the third person involves doing so as if you are narrating a story. That is why it’s known as the narrative form. Individuals in your narrative (or post) are known as he or she (they in plural or their actual name).
The attractiveness of third person point of view is that you are acting as a narrator, you aren’t exactly in the story. As the narrator, you can give the events of story in the way you want to as well as set its mood and tone. You can talk about the thoughts of a character that no other character is aware of. These thoughts can be of any kind, it is the narrator’s choice.
Here’s a few tips to consider to help you stay on the third person lane:.
1. Limited or Omniscient POV.
Make a decision on whether to tell the story from a single character’s point of view (Limited) or all of characters points of view (Omniscient).
The next thing is to decide whether you want to narrate the actions of your character or all of their thoughts and actions. The third person objective doesn’t narrate any character’s feelings or ideas, it only accounts for the characters actions in an objective way.
3. The voice of your character.
At this stage, you select your character’s voice. You decide if your character will be a raging lunatic or a mild-mannered introvert, or a combination of the two.
How to use the omniscient point of View.
You can get the story laid out while the speaker reports using the omniscient point of view. Probably, the most popular point of view is third person omniscient. This gives a panoramic view of the scenes and characters throughout the narrative.
Third person omniscient gives the narrator access to the actions, words, feelings and thoughts of the characters. The narrator sees all, hears all, and knows all. The writer knows everything including their thoughts and feelings. The writer can then opt to pass all this info to the reader, or not to. The third person omniscient gives the writer control to guide the reader.
Writing using the omniscient point of view allows the narrator to go into the minds of the characters in the story. It also facilitates more expansive treatment of all the events and players, but it could lead to a muddled story line, with misplaced ideas and concepts. You have to be keen on this common mistake, because even the best writing software isn’t programmed to detect wrong flow of thoughts. Usually, they are best employed for third-person tales, although some use them with other point of views.