~ By Corrina Lawson
Note: The post originally appeared here.
Yes, we can argue all day long about whether switching POV in the middle of a scene is a good idea or not.
But here’s why POV is important: the way a reading is sucked into a story is that they’re seeing the world through a character’s eyes.
If you swap to another pair of eyes, the reader will be disoriented and might *stop reading.* That’s bad.
So feel free to head-hop as much as you want but be aware you run the risk of tossing a reader out of the story.
Check your manuscript. Have you swapped POV because it’s just absolutely necessary? Or because it was a way to show what’s going on but there might be another way?
Have you tried writing the scene without changing POV? Why not? I’ve found practicing staying in one POV makes me word harder as a writer and learn new storytelling techniques and burrow deeper into my POV character’s head.
Lois McMaster Bujold is a master (mistress) at staying in one point of view but yet perfectly conveying what the non-POV characters are like. I love her Aral Vorkosigan. As a reader, I’ve never ever been in his head.
Corrina is a former newspaper reporter with a degree in journalism from Boston University. A mom of four, she now works from home writing romance novels with a geeky twist and as the Content Director and co-founder of GeekMom.com.
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