POV and Alley Rose

If you’re a writer, especially of fiction, you know something about point of view. You know it’s one of the most important choices you must make for your particular story. There are three main POVs to choose from.

First person- with this narrator you can build closeness, intrigue, and suspense. They can be reliable or unreliable. You may be able to trust everything they say because they’re honest. Or you may doubt their version of events because they’re trying to deceive you. Or else they are deceived themselves, thinking they’re speaking truth to you. The Screwtape Letters is a prime example of this POV. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is another classic written in the first person-from the view of a six year old girl.

Second Person-This is a rare POV for fiction. It is used in cookbooks and self-help books too. Below is an example from my non-fiction book, How To Be Really Street Smart’.

‘Have you ever been riding your bicycle down a narrow road and suddenly you see a car coming right toward you? If so, you were probably on a one way street. Whoever didn’t read and obey the street sign was the person going the wrong direction. Isn’t it common sense to read and follow the signs so you’ll be going the right way every time?

The world is filled with people trying to tell you the right way to think, to live, and to be. They may be preachers, teachers, scholars, coaches, movie stars, popular singers, politicians, parents, family members, or friends. You must be careful about who you let influence how you believe. Some may deceive you, others may confuse you, but hopefully, more than a few will tell you the truth.’

Third Person- There are two main types of this POV. Limited view is when the narrator only knows the thoughts and feelings of one character (at least one character at a time). Omniscient view is when the narrator knows and sees everything going on in the story.

There are other versions of these 3 types that you can learn about here and here.

The third person omniscient point of view has the most trustworthy narrator. They tend to be unbiased. And of course they know more than the other narrators do. In like manner the Spirit of God moved on godly men to write the books of the Holy Bible. Down through the years evil men have written corrupt versions of His Word but they have not succeeded in destroying the  True Living Word which will abide forever. 

Why wouldn’t we want our story to be penned by our Omniscient God, Savior, Deliverer, Healer, and soon coming King? We can trust Him. His Word is coming to pass more and more every day. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and He desires for us to experience real life and life more abundantly. The reality of it can be found between the pages of His Book-which is written from His point of view-not ours. It takes the Holy Spirit to lead us to the true POV of abundant life in Jesus Christ. 

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  II Peter 1 kjv

7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55  kjv

Update on Alley Rose, my work in progress: At the beginning of Corona virus season I had to take a hiatus from writing it because of family obligations. In the last few weeks I’ve had more time to write. So I’d like to share a few lines with you of ‘Alley Rose’ my second novel.

‘After feeding and petting Panther, Savannah walked off the porch and raised her head up toward the sky, expecting drops of rain to hit her in the face. Instead she spotted dense gray clouds moving swiftly in the direction of the midday sun which was shrouded in more clouds. It was disappointing not being able to see the ‘great eclipse’ everyone at school had been talking about.

Mom and Dylan didn’t seem interested in it. But it would’ve been so exciting to see it happen. A once in a lifetime event.  And all anybody has to do is look up into the sky at the right time. If I could’ve been at Mamaw Liza’s I’d be having so much fun. Maybe it’s not cloudy in Newport. Melia and her parents might be there. I wish I was.

Returning to the back of the house, she headed for the porch steps. At that moment a flash of light pierced through the gray gloom. The clouds in front of the sun rolled swiftly back and revealed the moon’s shadow engulfing the sunlight. A thin, silvery ring appeared from the edges of the giant fireball.

Untimely darkness enveloped everything in its midst, as the stars emerged in the background. Previously chirping birds and barking dogs were silenced as confused crickets and cicadas began their nightly rhythmic tunes. Feeling the effects of the immense temperature drop, Savannah wrapped her hands around her shivering arms. Forcing her eyes away from the cosmic scene above, she dropped her pants-clad knees into the wet dirt below and covered her face with her hands.

I looked at it! I saw the eclipse! Am I going to go blind now?’

As you can see this passage is in third person POV. The first half of AR is told in it. But I am writing the second part in first person and past tense too. It seems like the best POV for the story. Time will tell if I picked the right one. Thanks for coming by. Comment if you have anything to add to the subject.

How To Be Really Street Smart!

'How To Be Really Street Smart' book

The Bible is an example of a variety of literature, along with many character types. Within its pages are the stories of real people who lived across an enormous span of time. From the beginning of creation until the last days of the apostles. Their history lives on in the hearts and minds of believers everywhere.

My non-fiction book ‘How To Be Really Street Smart’ shares excerpts from the lives of Old and New Testament faith walkers of the past. Through the analogy of road signs youth are challenged to follow the example of these godly people.

Special scripture is highlighted, encouraging the reader to explore the Word of God for deeper understanding. Below is an excerpt from my book.

Road Signs-we see them every day. And if you’re driving down the street you better pay attention. Why? What’s so important about reading them? They’re not there by chance but for specific reasons. Some are to guide you, others are to prepare you and many are to warn you. If you’re going to be street smart you have to understand the signs and stay aware of what is happening in your environment or your neighborhood.

Let’s focus on one of those big red signs that read WRONG WAY when we’re about to go down the wrong road. Why shouldn’t we ignore that sign? Well, what could happen if we just went on past it as if it wasn’t there? We could crash into another car that may be traveling on that same road but from the opposite direction(the right direction for them but the wrong one for us).

So because we chose to ignore the WRONG WAY sign we have caused an accident, not only harming ourselves but also the person in the other car. Nobody can just get in a car and drive around everywhere making up their own rules. You see, those signs are there for a good purpose-to help you travel safely on the streets, roads, and highways that get you to the places you need or want to go.

Just imagine what would happen if those signs were taken down. It would become chaos within a short time. It pays to be “street smart” or in other words -to know the rules of the road and obey them. Now let me tell you about a man who thought he knew where he was going on the “road of life” but suddenly came upon a sign he couldn’t ignore. (Proverbs 14:12)

This man was a religious leader and believed he had been doing God’s work arresting
Christians and allowing them to be murdered. He had a zeal but he had
been deceived by Satan into thinking he was doing God’s will:
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of

the Lord, went unto the high priest,

2 and asked of him letters to the synagogues at Damascus, that if he found any

who were of this Way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them

bound unto Jerusalem.

3 And as he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly there shone round

about him a light from heaven.

4 And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him, “Saul, Saul, why

persecute thou Me?”

5 And he said, “Who art Thou, Lord?” And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom thou

persecute;

And he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?”

Acts 9

 

From there Jesus tells him to go into the city and he will be told what to do. The

men with him were shocked because they saw a light and could hear a voice but

didn’t know what was being said. When Saul rose up from the ground he was

blind and the men had to lead him to Damascus.

Though Saul had become blind to the things of earth, the changed man now

heard the voice of the true and living God-Jesus Christ. Finally he realized he’d

been going the wrong way all the time. He received Jesus into his life and was no

longer spiritually blind. Shortly afterward he received his natural eyesight again.

From that time on he was called Paul and became the 13th apostle. Several books

of the New Testament were written by him.

FYI-During New Testament times there was a Jewish group of men called the

Sanhedrin. They were religious leaders that had authority similar to a supreme

court. The Sanhedrin had Jesus imprisoned for blasphemy (claiming to be the

Son of God). This same Jewish council, that gave Saul the authority to arrest

Christians, later plotted to have him murdered because he preached the gospel

of Jesus Christ. In recent times a new Sanhedrin has been formed in Israel.

Did you know? – Paul made many missionary trips during his lifetime. It is

believed he was imprisoned in Rome and then beheaded.

Word on the street-Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:10

 

Why did I write ‘How To Be Street Smart’? For the children of these modern days who have been force-fed lies and half-truths about the Holy Bible. The majority doubt or reject the absolute truth and relevancy of the only book God ever authored. I hope to inspire them to discover the beauty, power, and unity of its words. It’s not a fairy tale. Nor is it science-fiction or fantasy. However, the Bible is definitely the greatest love story ever written.

If you join TLB email list thru June, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a paperback copy of my book. Next time I plan on posting a Christian book review or two. Plus I’ll be sharing an update on my work in progress(WIP). It’s called ‘Alley Rose’. Thanks for coming by. Until then..