November 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm #58940
Can any Emberlings help me? I am wondering how many POV switches is too many?
"No matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets, or how hard you fall, you are never out of the fight."November 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm #58941
What genre is it? How long do you stick with the one characters pov before switching?
Living in a world of mystery and dangerous predicaments while working with the AWESOME Meraki's.November 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm #58942
@parker Its his-fic. Well, that depends. Sometimes its a chapter or more, sometimes just a few pages depending on the scene.
"No matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets, or how hard you fall, you are never out of the fight."November 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm #58943Evelyn@evelyn
@ashira One hundred. That’s too many. 😉
Yes, it largely depends on how long you stick with each character and how long your piece is overall.November 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm #58944
Also, think about it. Does each PoV help the plot?
I personally think that’s not too much.
Living in a world of mystery and dangerous predicaments while working with the AWESOME Meraki's.November 10, 2018 at 4:08 pm #58945
@parker Yeah, I think so. I mean, that is the reason I am switching POV, because it helps you know what is going on in different places as opposed to inserting long explanations later.
"No matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets, or how hard you fall, you are never out of the fight."November 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm #58947
@ashira, I think that’s fine. And I do it myself. It always keeps you hooked to because readers like to have something new.
Living in a world of mystery and dangerous predicaments while working with the AWESOME Meraki's.November 10, 2018 at 4:12 pm #58948R.M. Archer@r-m-archer
Generally four main POVs is the most I can handle, as long as each one contributes to the plot. I’m not opposed to having a couple of extra side characters pop in for brief POV scenes, either, in moderation. (Again, assuming they contribute to the plot.)
Fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi author. Mythology nerd. ENFP. Singer.November 10, 2018 at 5:06 pm #58950November 10, 2018 at 5:08 pm #58951
Living in a world of mystery and dangerous predicaments while working with the AWESOME Meraki's.November 11, 2018 at 4:20 pm #59019I, David@i-david
@ashira A great example of using and juggling PoV’s expertly is in Brandon Sanderson’s writing. Whether you’re reading Elantris, Warbreaker, Mistborn, or the Stormlight Chronicles, you can just read and see how he manages tons of PoV’s, weaving them in and out to best help each scene, chapter, book, and series as a whole.
songwriterNovember 13, 2018 at 3:16 pm #59281Thomas (CrØss_Bl₳de)@thewirelessblade
It can be annoying to use too many PoV’s. I’ve never had it happen before, but I know for a fact that you probably shouldn’t use two PoV’s in 1st person.
*Forum Signature here*November 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm #59307November 13, 2018 at 6:26 pm #59317Chelsea R.H.@seekjustice
Did you mean third person in your last post? (Third person is “SeekJustice searched the forum” whereas, second person is “you searched the forum”. As you can see, second person isn’t used a lot in novel writing (though it is occasionally)
As to PoVs, I usually find between one and three is good. (And as an aside, @thewirelessblade I actually have done two books with two povs in 1st, and I have read published novels using that format. But I had to work really hard to make the voices sound different and unique. It was a good lesson in character voice and I definitely enjoyed it. Not sure if I’d do it again though.)
Personally, I like it if a character has a whole chapter to themselves. Just personally I don’t like PoV switches in the middle of chapters, but people do it, so if you want to, go ahead 🙂
That’s my two cents 🙂
Mahalo keia huiʻanaNovember 14, 2018 at 12:06 am #59378
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