Let’s make today’s post a sounding board, shall we? Yes? Fabulous. I’m fighting with some POV issues. I’m hoping that some of you wise writers (and wise cracks) out there have opinions to share, or are at least willing to make something up – I won’t know the difference.
The issue is this: My manuscript uses third person limited. I like to cruise around in the heads of my characters, letting them drive the scene. Here is the problem, I am of the opinion that only certain characters get to drive the action. If they appear in the scene then the reader gets to see the scene from their perspective. So, what do you do when two of these privileged characters appear in a scene together?
It happens often enough that I worry it will leave the reader confused when the lead protagonist appears in a scene and it isn’t written from his perspective. My intuition wants certain characters driving the scene because the story pivots around them at that moment.
Is this an issue that anyone else has faced?
My current solution is to ignore the problem until the draft has time to rest and then do a read through. Hopefully if the POV doesn’t work it will stand out as something that needs to be fixed.
I really, really, really, don’t want to rewrite these chapters again if I can avoid it by a simple switch at the outset.
Ideas? Comment them below!
On a totally different note, Nancy over at Spirit Lights the Way has awarded me with the blogging “You Rock” badge. It is always a lovely treat to know someone out there likes your work. There are so many fabulous blogs out there that I am having a terrible time deciding who to pass this bit of blog bling. That, and Nancy used most of my picks! A big kudos to the bloggers she awarded. I would like to pass this on to the following individuals, they are free to do what they like with it. They can display it proudly, pass it on, and brag about it all they want because they deserve it!
Alannah at “Here Be Dragons” – Gets a huge congrats on entering the querying stage of her novel, I can’t wait to hear about how it goes.
Julie at “Write Up My Life” – Currently is sharing all sorts of goodies on how to make life more centered, based on what she learned from Eckhart Tolle.
Arvik at “Intergalactic Writers Inc” – I recently stumbled upon this blog and thought the content was great. Go check it out.
If time and the small monkeys permitted, I would have another handful of blogs to add to the list. I wish I had more time to spend discovering new blogging gems, there are so many great writers out there. Congrats to all!