When an author sits down to write a story, they have to choose a point of view. Every point of view offers distinct possibilities and challenges. Who is telling a story and from what perspective are some of the most important choices an author makes.

A story’s opening must orient and engross the reader while establishing a point of view. Third-person, first-person and second-person perspectives each have unique possibilities and constraints.

So how do you choose a point of view for your story?