Keeping A Consistent Point Of View Throughout Your Writing

In the heat of the moment, many writers often fall prey to the mistake of writing in two or more different point of views in a piece.  Left unchecked, it can lead to terribly confusing writing.

While that rule may sound basic enough for any half-decent writer to stick to, it’s actually seen more transgressions than you can imagine.  Take just one issue of any popular broadsheet and you’re bound to find at least one instance of this event happening.

Take this sentence, for instance, that doesn’t sound all that wrong:

“It took all of the company’s resources to make it happen – you just had to see it through.”

In the above example, the sentence goes from a third person writing to a second person.  While savvy readers can probably put two and two together, it requires more work from the reader than what they should be doing.

While pronouns and verbs are only two of the many components of speech, they cause so much problems  due to the propensity to use them incorrectly.  Person is one of the most common errors that is usually committed when a writer is involved “in the thick” of composing the material and, as such, is one you’ll continually need to watch out for.

When using pronouns and verbs, always make sure that they remain in the same person throughout the piece.  Make sure to watch out for shifts during re-reading to make sure you correct them in time.   If your grammar software offers checking for person (usually not perfect, but functional), make sure to take it up, as it’s one more tool than can catch a couple of ones that slip by your watchful eye.