When a writer talks about the point of view (POV), she’s talking about whose perspective is used to tell a story. I thought I understood the rules on POV but apparently I’m missing some basic knowledge when it comes to POV in flash fiction.
I’ve been working on a flash fiction piece for a contest I want to enter. As I’m fairly new to fiction writing, I waited to see what type of stories the other entrants submitted before pushing the send button on my own. For some reason that I haven’t discerned, the vast majority of the stories are written in first person. (First person POV, for anyone who might not be familiar with the term, means from the view of the character doing the telling. It uses “I” instead of “he/she” pronouns, and readers only know what that character knows or experiences.)
It’s hard for me to feel a personal connection to characters in short stories, let alone flash fiction, so I don’t see any advantage to writing them in first person. Now, I’m not a fan of first person POV in novels, so I may be biased here, but why are people choosing first person over third for stories that are less than 1,000 words long?
I was going to do some research on POV and write up a lengthy, useful post on it, but I didn’t. My weekend was spent enjoying nature and my birthday camera. I still haven’t figured out how to upload the dozens of pictures I took, so that has to be done before I do any other research—my brain can only hold a limited amount of new knowledge before imploding.
Edit: I wrote a post regarding the 3 most common points of view on 8/23/09: https://thewritingplace.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/story-elements-its-all-in-your-point-of-view/
Question: Which POV do you prefer to read in flash fiction, short stories, or novels? Why?