Who Says?: Mastering Point of View in Fiction

Who Says?: Mastering Point of View in Fiction

by Lisa Zeidner


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A thorough, illuminating, and entertaining guide to crafting point of view, a fiction writer’s most essential choice.

Who is telling the story to whom affects everything about a work of fiction, from the style and tone to the progression of its plot. Using hundreds of examples from both classic and contemporary fiction, novelist and longtime MFA professor Lisa Zeidner reveals how even seemingly unrelated issues—like what makes a rich description, how much characters need to “grow and change” to engage us, and what distinguishes literary and commercial fiction—are ultimately tied to point of view.

Who Says? is divided into chapters that explore different points of view, from omniscient and first person to second person and child narrators, and offers an original way to reread well-known authors and reconsider our own work. Engaging and accessible, Who Says? presents any practicing writer with a new system for choosing a point of view, experimenting with how those choices affect the narrative, and applying these ideas to revision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356113
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/09/2021
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Lisa Zeidner is the author of five novels and two books of poems. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, GQ, and other publications. Zeidner teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers University and lives in New Jersey.

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