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Who is telling the story to whom is the single most important question about any work of fiction; the answer is central to everything from style and tone to plot and pacing. Using hundreds of examples from Jane Austen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Leo Tolstoy to Stephen King, novelist and longtime MFA professor Lisa Zeidner dives deep into the points of view we are most fam Who is telling the story to whom is the single most important question about any work of fiction; the answer is central to everything from style and tone to plot and pacing. Using hundreds of examples from Jane Austen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Leo Tolstoy to Stephen King, novelist and longtime MFA professor Lisa Zeidner dives deep into the points of view we are most familiar with—first and third person—and moves beyond to second-person narration, frame tales, and even animal points of view. Engaging and accessible, Who Says? presents any practicing writer with a new system for choosing a point of view, experimenting with how it determines the narrative, and applying these ideas to revision.


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Who is telling the story to whom is the single most important question about any work of fiction; the answer is central to everything from style and tone to plot and pacing. Using hundreds of examples from Jane Austen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Leo Tolstoy to Stephen King, novelist and longtime MFA professor Lisa Zeidner dives deep into the points of view we are most fam Who is telling the story to whom is the single most important question about any work of fiction; the answer is central to everything from style and tone to plot and pacing. Using hundreds of examples from Jane Austen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Leo Tolstoy to Stephen King, novelist and longtime MFA professor Lisa Zeidner dives deep into the points of view we are most familiar with—first and third person—and moves beyond to second-person narration, frame tales, and even animal points of view. Engaging and accessible, Who Says? presents any practicing writer with a new system for choosing a point of view, experimenting with how it determines the narrative, and applying these ideas to revision.

30 review for Who Says?: Mastering Point of View in Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Bock

    Terrific 'how to' understand points of view in writing by a master writer/teacher Lisa Zeidner -- witty, engaging, in-depth. Good exercises for writers of all levels at the end. Recommended for ALL writers! --Caroline Terrific 'how to' understand points of view in writing by a master writer/teacher Lisa Zeidner -- witty, engaging, in-depth. Good exercises for writers of all levels at the end. Recommended for ALL writers! --Caroline

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ann Douglas

    A really helpful (and often entertaining) guide to making decisions about point of view.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I didn't get very far with this book, I found it rather simplistic and it didn't seem to offer anything new. I didn't get very far with this book, I found it rather simplistic and it didn't seem to offer anything new.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Byrne

    One of my favourite craft books. Well written and laid out. Highly recommended.

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