Writing Point of View: 7 Books for New & Advanced Authors

Writing Point of View - Author Alliance

Today's addition to Author Alliance's Writers Tool Box focuses on writing point of view. We've included books for new, intermediate and advanced authors. While new writers are notorious for violating point of view rules, advanced authors who write deep point of view also commit violations. 

Writing Point of View

Every great fiction author must first master writing deep point of view. The Author Alliance staff highly recommends the following seven books. The first four books teach the basics, while the last three are for more advanced authors.

7 Books for New & Advanced Authors & Writers

WRITE GREAT FICTION: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress

This easy to follow book focuses on character development, including writing point of view.

Nancy Kress demonstrates how to create complex characters and to hit on the right emotional triggers to fascinate readers and hold their attention. She also teaches how writers can remain in the correct point of view.

The Author Alliance staff recommends this book for all new writers or anybody who struggles with the basics of character development and point of view.

Point of View in Fiction by Marcy Kennedy

The staff included both Point of View books by Marcy Kennedy. We recommend Point of View In Fiction for newer authors or anybody who struggles with writing or understanding point of view.

Once you finish the first book in the series, you should advance to Ms. Kennedy’s second point of view book that focuses on more advanced techniques.

Point of View: Understanding Which P.O.V. is Best for Your Story and Using it Effectively by Alfie Thompson

Do you struggle to decide which point of view to use in your story? This short but useful book by Alfie Thompson provides the essence of the point of view workshops she’s conducted for fiction authors the past twenty years.

Besides learning how to write stronger point of views, the book helps you understand which character’s point of view best serves a scene or story.

The Power of Point of View: Make Your Story Come to Life by Alicia Rasley

Like the books above, Alicia Rasley’s The Power of Point of View explains the process of selecting the right character for your point of view.

We recommend this book for new writers and anybody who wants to brush up on point-of-view basics. The books listed thus far all can help writers avoid point of view mistakes, a too common error in the indie community.


The next three books are for those who already understand basic point of view. Two of the books focus on writing deep point of view, and the third focuses on the voice we hope to achieve with our point of view.

Deep Point of View by Marcy Kennedy

Marcy Kennedy’s Deep Point of View is for writers who already understand the basic point of view fundamentals. Kennedy teaches how write a deeper, richer point of view. The book is full of insightful information on the subject.

The Author Alliance staff considers this particular Marcy Kennedy book a must-have for any serious author’s toolkit.

 Writing Deep Point of View by Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall is another great resource for anybody striving to write better. Writing Deep Point of View provides many tricks of the trade in writing deep point of view to enliven any scene or book.

Writing Deep Point of View is another jewel in our writing toolbox.

Voice: The Secret Power of Great Writing by James Scott Bell

While not strictly a point of view book, Voice: The Secret of Great Writing by James Scott Bell is a natural next step.

To show not tell, or write in a deep point of view, are vital tools to develop a natural voice for the point of view character.

Voice focuses on the mysterious “voice.”

Bell is another of the top writing instructors. We highly recommend this book for your author toolkit.

Jerry Beller

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