For me, one of the most difficult things about starting a new story, is trying to decided what point of view to write it in. Do I do first person? To allow my reader to see into the characters head, to give my reader the ability to feel my character in a unique way.
Just the day before yesterday, Seemoyn Ardalyonovich said to me, “Are you ever, Ivan Ivanych, going to be sober?” A strange thing to ask. I didn’t take offence, I’m a quite man; but you see they’ve let me out to be quite mad. An artist happened to paint a portrait of me: “After all,” he says, you are a man of letters.” ~Notes of a Certain Person, Frydor Dostoevsky.
Or do I write in third person? So that I can write the feelings of all the characters, and give a different perspective.
An exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S- Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K- bridge. He had successfully avoided meeting his landlady on the staircase. Crime and Punishment, Frydor Dostoevsky.
I love both points of view, actually give me any well written book with good characters, and I love the point of view. I also like it when people explore the art of telling stories.
So what are your thoughts? What point of view do you like?