Four Tips for Choosing the POV Character For Your Scene

In my last post, How To Bring Lift and Fluency to Each Scene In Your Novel, I explored how to make your scenes shine like the torchlight in a dark cave.

As you tackle your scenes you should be supporting the overall point of view the story is told. Point of view can be difficult. We all know that. It’s even harder when you’re using multiple POVs.

It’s an easy call when a POV character narrates a scene that features only non-POV characters. However, when one or more of the POV characters share a scene, who comes out on top? That is, which character’s POV are you in? Who’s narrating the action?

Here are four tips that have helped me make this critical decision. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too.

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Five Tips For Multiple P. O. V.

In the last two posts, I focused on chapter one and how to start a new chapter.

To follow with one of my points, changing point of view is an excellent way to begin a new chapter.

I love reading fast-paced novels with lots of three-dimensional characters and multiple points of views. In both of my novels, A Time of Stones and War of Power and Light, I use multiple viewpoints to build the suspense between each character and the overarching plot.

Below are five tips to keep readers turning the pages with multiple points of view.

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Four Ways to Explore Multiple Point of Views

In the last posts, I discuss Seven Ways To Add Subplot To Your Story and Four Ways to Build Suspense in Your Novel.

The most common way authors explore subplot and build tension is through multiple points of view. Multiple viewpoints can build the suspense for the protagonist, for example, in Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers. Having Merry and Pippin encounter the Ent in the Fangorn forest and deal with the source of Sauron’s army whilst Aragon, Legolas and Gimli are cornered in Helm’s deep with the people of Rohan, add pressure for Frodo and Sam to make it Mordor and destroy the ring.

Each point of view of the story should have a unique voice. Below are four exercises to challenge yourself and explore new ways to think about your point of view writing.

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What Point of View Do You Choose?

It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Finding a Literary Agent and this week is:

What is your Point of View?

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Character Voice Between Multiple POVs

It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Writing Within Genres and this week is:

Character Voice Between Multiple POVs.

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Different Point of Views

It is that time of the week – Discussion Tuesday.

Thoughts, ideas and questions are exchanged from blogger to author; writer to reader and vise versa.
If you missed last weeks discussion about fantasy sub-genres,  it’s never too late.

This week’s discussion is: point of view

The three points of view for any fictional novel is: first, second and third person.

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Tuesday discussion

Our weekly discussion.Book wonder2

Last week I missed and maybe burnt bridges with some of my readers but I want to rebuild and converse the weekly discussion conversations with other bloggers.

I discussed last week, at the moment I am reading, The Tower on the Rift by Ian Irvine. Here is the link if you want to join the discussions. 

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