Controlling point of view

How do we move from an exterior to the inner life of a character when writing in a third-person limited point of view? This is one method. Write:

  • at least three sentences that are exterior descriptions of the character and setting
  • one sentence that explicitly labels itself as part of the character’s thoughts about the setting. Use “he thought” or “she thought” or something similar.
  • at least three sentences which are not labeled that present the
    • character’s past or
    • inner life
  • one sentence that explicitly labels itself as part of the character’s thoughts
  • at least three sentences that are exterior descriptions of the setting

 

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