Thoughts in the Third Revisited

Third-person breaks down into two main categories: limited omniscient, where the writer focuses on one character but tells the story from outside their head, and omniscient, where the writer can flit between characters while telling the story from a supposedly detached perspective. So, when you’re writing limited omniscient it’s he/she/they but you’re confined to that […]

Breaking Apart the Perspective

When writing limited omniscient narration there are two main methods of separating the perspectives. One is to give each perspective their own chapter, such as in the Game of Thrones/Song of Fire and Ice books by George R. R Martin. Martin gives each character a chapter with their name as the heading, this isn’t mandatory […]

Plotting Perspective

When we begin a story we don’t have to have to have all the perspectives plotted out, we don’t even have to know who all the perspective characters are, we can work this out as we go. However, when we’re editing we do have to work out which way all these perspectives need to go […]

Can’t or Cannot?

As with subjective/first-person narrators when we write a limited third-person narrator it can help readers to identify different perspectives if we individualise the voice. We can do this the same way as we might with first-person narration, tailoring the words to match the character’s speech or carrying on the narrative as if it was their […]

First or Third?

The most obvious difference between first-person/subjective and limited-omniscient/limited-third narration is that the first is I and the third is he/she/they which creates immediate distance from the characters. We had another ‘character’ the narrator/authorial voice relaying the characters’ thoughts. As I’ve mentioned before this separate entity is used as a reason to refer to an omniscient […]

Writing at a Distance

There are two main types of third-person narration, omniscient and limited omniscient. In omniscient narration the narrator is an authorial voice separate from the characters and able to jump between them almost at will, think of Dickens. Whereas limited omniscient narration is closer to the character, while we still use he/she/they we limit ourselves to […]

Thoughts in the Third

Third-person breaks down into two main categories: limited omniscient, where the writer focuses on one character but tells the story from outside their head, and omniscient, where the writer can flit between characters while telling the story from a supposedly detached perspective. So, when you’re writing limited omniscient it’s he/she but you’re confined to that […]