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Omniscient point of view is most associated with nineteenth-century novels.
Basically, omniscient point of view means that the story is told from an all-seeing God-like, omnipotent viewpoint. You would use third person pronouns in the writing, but you can choose to dip into the head of any of the characters and reveal things that have occurred in the past or will happen in the future.
This was once a very popular method of storytelling. There are some cases where this can add an extra dimension to your writing when done well. Joseph Conrad was a master of omniscient viewpoint.
The trouble is that each character must have a distinctive voice so that the reader is never at a loss as to whose head he is in at the moment. This is an interesting device for an epic novel which explores a theme with several tangled subplots. It is difficult to manage because if you give away the wrong information (in other words if you tell us what we want to know) then you lose tension using this technique. But if you can control it, and give the reader the right amount of information, you can increase tension considerably.
True omniscient viewpoint is very rare, but limited omniscient is often useful for modern writers.
Limited omniscient basically means that while you have a God-like perspective of the story, you limit yourself to being in one character’s head at a time. It allows you to switch characters as many times as necessary, even within a scene.
Think about true omniscient POV as having a camera panning throughout the room at a party scene, dipping into anyone’s head and perhaps more than one person at a time, by taking on the collective group perspective. Then you can think about limited omniscient more like passing a camera around the room with each person filming their own POV of the story.
True omniscient viewpoint can be difficult for your reader to follow. The limited omniscient makes it a bit easier, but even that is not an easy challenge for a beginning writer.
If you use a method of storytelling like omniscient POV that takes away from the intimacy, you need to provide a real benefit in some other way.
“Writers are gods. We get to create entire worlds, populate them, and even…destroy them. Of course, writers can do this in any viewpoint, but omniscient point of view adds another layer to the process.”
– Nancy Kress
In Pride and Prejudice, when Jane Austen writes, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife,” she (or more precisely, the novel’s omniscient narrator) isn’t exactly holding back with the attitude and the opinions.
The neutral narrator of a standard third-person novel could never write a sentence like that.
Not only can omniscient narrators share their attitudes and opinions and comments with the readers, they can actually address the readers directly.
If nineteenth-century omniscient point of view novels are your thing and you think you can write a twenty-first-century version, go for it. Just be aware of two things…
It is a technically demanding viewpoint to use. If the sign of a beginner is to mishandle point of view, you will really have to know what you are doing if you want to write a third person omniscient novel and not look amateurish.
Giving omniscience a modern twist is imperative. And the way to do that is to use the narrator far more subtly than did your nineteenth-century counterparts.
To see how contemporary writers have brought the third person omniscient viewpoint up to date, try Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy or John Irving’s A Widow For One Year.
The greatest advantage of using the third person omniscient point of view is the total freedom that it offers a writer. In inexperienced hands, that total freedom is also the viewpoint’s greatest drawback.
Read about Writing a Multiple Viewpoint Novel HERE.
Marie Hsiao (born November 1, 1993), best known as Mree, is an indie folk singer-songwriter from New Jersey. She is of Taiwanese and Bulgarian descent. Mree began writing her own songs at the age of 14 and released her debut album, Grow, in October 2011. The album debuted at #18 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart.
My Fav’ ~ listened to write a special ‘connecting’ scene in book one ‘A Carpet of Purple Flowers’ ~ beautiful ❤
The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire designed to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It is based on the typological theory proposed by Carl Jung who had speculated that there are four principal psychological functions by which humans experience the world – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time.
“The underlying assumption of the MBTI is that we all have specific preferences in the way we construe our experiences, and these preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivation.”
The four scales used in the MBTI have some correlation with four of the Big Five personality traits, which are a more commonly accepted framework.
Katharine Cook Briggs began her research into personality in 1917. Upon meeting her future son-in-law, she observed marked differences between his personality and that of other family members. Briggs embarked on a project of reading biographies and subsequently developed a typology wherein she proposed four temperaments: meditative (or thoughtful), spontaneous, executive, and social.
After the English translation of Jung’s book Psychological Types was published in 1923 (first published in German in 1921), she recognised that Jung’s theory was similar to, but went far beyond, her own. Briggs’s four types were later identified as corresponding to the Is, EPs, ETJs and EFJs. Her first publications were two articles describing Jung’s theory, in the journal New Republic in 1926 (“Meet Yourself Using the Personality Paint Box”) and 1928 (“Up From Barbarism”). After extensively studying the work of Jung, they turned their interest in human behaviour into efforts to turn the theory of psychological types to practical use.
Jung’s typology theories postulated a sequence of four cognitive functions (thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition), each having one of two polar orientations (extraversion or introversion), giving a total of eight dominant functions. The MBTI is based on these eight hypothetical functions, although with some differences in expression from Jung’s model (see Differences from Jung below). While the Jungian model offers empirical evidence for the first 3 dichotomies, it is unclear whether the Briggs had evidence for the J-P preference.
Read more HERE
A diagram depicting the cognitive functions of each type. A type’s background colour represents its dominant function and its text colour represents its auxiliary function.
I took two different tests online, here are the results:
I – Introvert
N – Intuitive
F – Feeler
J – Judger
The words below made me smile. I get told this about my playlists all the time by my family. I brought headphones to save them. It’s thinking music. Thought provoking. A blend of feeling and realness. Now, housework requires a different tempo altogether. ;o)
A favourite of mine…Ludovico Einaudi – I Giorni
Playlist for book characters – Here
Love and light,