First or Third: Does it Matter?


It’s frustrating trying to figure out what POV to write in sometimes. It gets confusing! Nothing is certain. First… third? Who, what… where, when, and how? Sometimes we just want to throw up our arms and give up! But, all is not lost. We are smart people.

Sometimes we start out writing a story and after we get deeply involved in it, we realize that the story should be written in a different POV. This can be as easy as changing up a few words to a complete rewrite.

I’ve been working on and off on a project for awhile and came to the conclusion about a month or two ago that I needed to make a change.On some levels I’m really excited about the life a new POV is giving my story. I feel like I’m starting all over again but, I already know what my story is and who my characters are which makes the process so much easier. I came across these videos by Brandon Sanderson on first and third person POV. I hope you take away some great tips from them! If you feel like there’s just something that isn’t working in your story, a change of POV could really make a difference!

First Person POV


Third Person POV



Jennifer Bennett

About Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer J. Bennett was born in Southern California as the youngest of six children. Her imagination began to develop as a child creating worlds in her backyard. Books have always played a big role in her life; favorites growing up were “The Country Bunny” by Dubose Heyward, “The Light in the Attic”by Shel Silverstein, and “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’ Dell among many, many others. She also enjoys music, theater, travel, and cooking.

Jennifer moved from Southern California in 1989 and finished high school in Southern Utah where she met her husband Matthew Bennett who currently works in educational administration. They reside in St. George, Utah with four amazing kids: Haylee, Chase, Conner, and Libby. After her father was diagnosed with cancer, she began writing her first novel, “The Path”. Her father encouraged her to move forward with her writing and she has continued since. He passed away in 2009.

Jen, as her friends call her; can be found buzzing around California from time to time in search of magical elements from the past. She tries to balance fun, being a mom, and trying to be a grownup (which she really isn’t sure she ever wants to be).

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