Friday, August 03, 2012
Friday Night at the Questiom Emporium-bonus round
I have a question about point of view. I’ve done some research about it but I only get results about advantages and disadvantages for using first person or third person... I was wondering if I wrote a book where I switched from writing from one person’s perspective in one chapter and wrote the next chapter from another person’s point of view, would that be strange?
Chapter 1 – Her POV
Chapter 2 – His POV
Would that be considered strange? Would it be accepted, or would I have to rewrite everything and make the whole book from either “her” point of view or “his” point of view?
You can do anything you want, you just have to do it well.
In my opinion it's VERY hard to write alternating first person POV. The only time I've seen it done so well it made me weep with joy is on an unpublished novel by a client of mine. And yea, unpublished should be a clue there. Even written well, it's a tough sell.
Less tough but still hard to do: alternating first POV for one character and third POV for the second main character.
These kinds of questions about style though are better answered by actual writers. I am not a writer, I just play one on Blogger.
Excellent advice can be found in a variety of sources not the least of which is AbsoluteWrite.com
There will be other suggestions in the comments column of this blog post. Research all of them. Don't discount any advice until you've tried what is suggested. I'm often surprised that other people know more than I do. Often enough that I've had to stop thinking I know it all. Talk about a shock.