Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Tag Archives: Omniscient Viewpoint

Is Omniscient Viewpoint that Bad?


I recently spotted a post on omniscient viewpoint.  It was a fairly generic post on the subject, but a few of the commenters took to bashing it.  They cited the usual stuff you’ve probably seen like no one uses it in genre fiction any more and that it lacks intimacy.  Prudence MacLeod also addressed the …

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The Beauty of Omniscient Viewpoint


Ever since I’ve been writing I’ve read over and over that omniscient viewpoint is old-fashioned, no longer used, that publishers won’t take it, too distant, etc. It’s not true. I found that out when I took on viewpoint. At the time, I felt like the viewpoint for Miasma was not right (it was in third), …

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Slashing the Myths About Omniscient Viewpoint


I’m a little behind this week — I hopped over to Wisconsin for my grandmother’s memorial this weekend and am playing catch up, though I figure that’ll be at least another week.  Next weekend is a con! Meanwhile back in the land of politicians, it’s about time for another look at omniscient viewpoint.  When I …

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5 Advantages to Using Omniscient (and 1 Reason Not to Use it)


One of my favorite memories of reading books was to find that one special one with an extra quality of warmth beyond the pages, an ability to pull me into the story in ways other books missed.  As I explored this is in my writing, I realized what all those wonderful books had in common …

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O is for the Journey of Omniscient Viewpoint


Writing in omniscient viewpoint has been an interesting journey for me.  Almost the entire time I’ve been writing, I’ve read numerous craft books that outright dismissed it by saying it was old-fashioned.  So I never thought to use it, even when I was having trouble with big action scenes where multiple characters were involved.  I …

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3 Differences Between Omniscient Viewpoint and Third Person


I’ve been writing in omniscient viewpoint now for at least a couple of years, and it’s been a real learning experience.  When I started Miasma, there were some things I didn’t know, mainly because the information isn’t available, or worse, just plain wrong.  When I a search on the viewpoint, I got a lot of …

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Why I Chose Omniscient Viewpoint


When I first started my contemporary fantasy Miasma, it was in a traditional third person.  I’d written most of my stories in third, so I went with because that was what I knew.  But as I writing the first fifty pages, something didn’t feel right.  I couldn’t quite identify what it was, except that it …

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Key to Understanding Omniscient Viewpoint


The first thing writers invariably talk about when discussing omniscient viewpoint (OPOV) is “multiple viewpoints.”  They see it dipping into this character’s head and that character’s head and apply what they know already from Third Person or First Person.  Then they usually identify it as head hopping, because their frame of reference is Third Person …

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Omniscient POV: Watership Down


I’ve been working my way through a list of “Must Reads,” and this last week, Watership Down, a children’s book by Richard Ellis,was the book I picked.  It’s about a group of rabbits who leave their warren to find a new home, and one of themes is leadership.  The Omniscient POV (OPOV) is common in …

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Omniscient is One Point of View


When I started writing in omniscient point of view (OPOV) three years ago, there wasn’t much available on the subject, then either warnings not to do it or tacit discouragement (i.e., listing all the pros of first person and all the cons of omniscient).  Lately, there’s been a lot of interest. 🙂 But with it …

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