Reedsy recently published an inspired infographic on the differences between the third person limited point of view (PoV) and the third person omniscient one. As they say, an image is worth a thousand words, so here is the perfect way to understand the differences between the two.
Many thanks to Reedsy for letting me share this.
What about an omniscient narrator who doesn’t tell what he knows?
Lol–that’s a novel way of describing the omniscient POV! You could also break the 4th wall that way in a fun way.
I loved this infographic when I saw it a few months back 😀
It’s rather lovely, which is why I had to share 🙂
I love this. I must have a more visual brain than I thought. I missed your blogs in November. I had to go on a blog diet. I damn near starved my own. But I’m back now to terrorising you on a regular basis. I know you’re all ‘Yay’ right now.
Yay! Sure am. Welcome back 😀
That was the best explanation of distinction between the third person vs omniscient pov. Thank you! 🙂
So glad you thought so 😀
Glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you. 🙂 Shared!
If the Colonel was any kind of sleuth he’d figure it out without Onmi’s help. That Omni, always interferring in other people’s business. 😀
Lol – it’s elementary, I guess 😀
To be fair, he *was* suspecting Mrs Weiss, so he was on the right path 😉
Great graphic! Makes it so easy to understand 🙂
Sure does 😀
Great post, Nicholas.
BTW I have a new music album coming out on Friday called Efharisto. It was inspired by our trip to Greece. You can sample it in iTunes on Friday. Also I will be making videos for the music to post on my site.
Wow, that’s so exciting! Please share here the link – and congratulations!! 😀
I will eventually make videos for all the songs. Here’s the link for the video for Rhodos. https://youtu.be/0I92mdzt8zE
It will take time to get the other videos done.
This was very informative. Thank you! 🙂
Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it 😀
I had to think which style I use in most of my short stories. Perhaps a mix of both. Very enjoyable, and it changed enough names to avoid being sued by the makers of ‘Cleudo’ too!
Best wishes, Pete.
Lol – yes, I, too, noticed that 😀
You’re the only writer I know personally, who is using 3rd person omniscient. Where can I find said stories?
They are in the ‘Fiction’ category of my blog, Nicholas. Accessed from the Categories Menu on the right-hand side. Here’s a link.
Best wishes, Pete.
Thank you, Pete (I know where to find it, I just wanted you to add the link here for my visitors 🙂 )
I knew that you knew, but I was just being my ‘usual’ self!
Haha, we had to be careful about that 😉 Happy to hear you enjoyed it.
I get the feeling I break these ‘rules’ in some fashion. This reminds me of horror movies too. The audience always seems to know more than the characters. At least they infer more.
I still write in third party omniscient like I always have but I don’t foretell what will happen next and I get into the head of one character at a time, more often than not with deep POV. The voice is always one of them, never an unidentifiable omniscient being that’s beyond them all and knows everything. Frankly, I cringe when I come across a book that does that 🙂
Lol – yes, it’s considered pretty passe nowadays 😀
Surprisingly, omniscient is kind of making a comeback: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/books/review/the-return-of-omniscience.html?_r=0
That said, I think it’s still much harder to write in omniscient and create a real connection between the reader and the characters.
Sure is! Thanks for the link; I wasn’t aware of such a comeback 🙂
This was great. Thanks for sharing, Nicholas. 🙂 — Suzanne
I loved it, too 😀