Points of View: Writing in Third Person Perspective

The third person point of view is one of the oldest, and most common, forms of storytelling. Unlike first and second person, the reader is immersed in the story whilst remaining totally independent of any one character’s thoughts, feelings and experiences – free to roam around, privy to any information the author chooses to disclose.

Third person perspective uses pronouns such as ‘he’, ‘she’ and ‘they’ to relate the action as it affects all characters. It’s such a broad means of storytelling that over the years it’s been separated into two distinct forms: Third person limited, and third person omniscient.

In third person limited, the reader’s insight is confined to the thoughts, feelings and knowledge of one character as they follow them closely throughout the narrative. See More . . .





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