POV-- Point of View. Who is speaking. Who is seeing and experiencing the event.
IM-- Internal Monologue. The hero’s ramblings.
OMNI-- Omniscient narrator. The narrator is the person who is not one of the characters and who sees and describes what happens through the eyes and mind of each protagonist.
Narrator: The person who tells the story. Usually different from the writer.
1st person POV: “I” or “We”. The author is the one telling the story.
2nd person POV: “You”. Rarely used in fiction.
Third person POV: “He”, “She” or “It” which can be limited or omniscient. The author is the third person who tells the story.
Third person limited. We experience the story through someone who is watching the story. We read his thoughts and interpretations of events.
Objective narrator. The narrator sees what happens, but reports only what people say and do,
HEAD-HOPPING: Using multiple points of view in a single scene. The narrator pops into several characters’ heads and describes their feelings and/or thoughts.
Naïve observer. A character who tells the story in a neutral way, without understanding what is really going on. It can be a child, a very naïve person or someone who has a mental defect.
Stream of consciousness. Interior monologue. A character who explains what is going on in the mind of another character, his thought processes. It includes leaps in thought and lack of punctuation.
Monologue. The hero is talking to someone, but he other person does not answer. Or the hero is talking to himself in an organized way.
Dialogue. Conversation the heroes have between themselves.
Point Of View in Literature