1st Person Point of View

We talk about the pros and cons of writing from a first person point of view. Referenced writers include Woody Allen, Jonathan Ames, Jane Austen, Suzanne Collins, Larry David, Charlie Kaufman, Jaclyn Moriarty, Trent Reedy, David Sedaris, Francisco Stork, Lisa Yee, and more.


Cheryl Klein’s blog.

James’ brainstorming app for writers, which just came out with a new update on iTunes.

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In The Narrative Breakdown, Cheryl Klein, James Monohan, and other guest co-hosts discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer, student, or fan of quality creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, fan fiction, English literature, etc. Each episode, Cheryl and James draw upon their respective experiences in publishing and filmmaking to analyze popular novels, movies, plays, television shows, short stories, and song lyrics. Featuring various co-hosts and writers, as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book ‘Second Sight’ and James’ iPhone / iPad app ‘The Storyometer.’


13 Responses to “1st Person Point of View”

  1. Devin McKay November 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    This the best show about anything in any medium when Matt Bird is on. Have him back often, if not forever. It’s such a great dynamic when the three of you are bantering together.

  2. Alice Mullen December 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I was so excited to find this podcast because it’s so helpful to listen to in depth discussion on just one element of writing at a time. I found myself thinking about how to approach my most recent revision in a whole new way. I keep checking back to see if a new episode has been added – but then I began to wonder – are you going to be adding more? Hope so.
    Also thanks for the reference to Cockeyed Caravan – incredible resource and tool for understanding the components of good storytelling. Keep up the good work!

  3. Jon January 3, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Where’d you guys go?

    • James March 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      After a winter hiatus, we’re coming back soon.

      • Ricky Wilks March 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

        That’s good to hear. I keep checking for updates… your podcast is the single most helpful writing podcast I’ve run across.

  4. Kirsty January 24, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    Where have you guys gone?! Waiting for another installment!
    Would love to hear about the publishing process in the UK, writing historical fiction, targeting an audience.

    • James March 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Writing historical fiction would be a great topic. And we have a guest in mind for that one too. Coming back soon… Thanks for your support!

  5. Mark February 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    I’m so glad I found this podcast. Awesome job, guys. Thank you, thank you. Please keep it up. I’m learning so much!!

  6. Jim February 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    great job! When is 3rd Person Point of View debuting?

    looking forward to it


    • James March 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      Hi Jim,


      Should have a 3rd Person Point of View-related episode end of next week. We’re coming back…

  7. Kristaps March 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I’d love to hear you folks talk more about plots and plotting. The podcasts about scene writing were excellent, but I’d love to hear more about integrating scenes into a larger narrative, designing plots, and even multi-book story arcs. I know you folks love characters, but characters need plots to emerge and be explained to the readers!

  8. Christie May 9, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    Really enjoying your podcasts! Like the comment above from Jim, I’m also waiting for your 3rd person POV episode. Hopefully it is still in the works!

    • James May 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

      Thanks Christie. Well, we felt we kind of did the episode on 3rd person when we did “Crafting Subjectivity within Objective Point of View”. But that was definitely a specialized topic. We’ll return to it eventually. Let us know what kinds of 3rd Person-related issues you’d like us to cover.

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