Essential writing skills: understanding points of view and other novel-writing puzzles


Matthew Wright


The other week someone asked me how many points of view it’s possible to have in a novel. It’s a tricky question. The best answer – certainly for novice or learning novelists – is ‘one’. That’s the simplest.


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Both angles offer differing advantages, depending on what the author has in mind. With first person singular, for instance, it’s possible to play…

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