Personality Disorder

Excellent discussion about POV in writing by Harmony Kent today on Story Empire.

Story Empire

Hello SErs! Harmony here 🙂 How are you all? Today, I thought I’d take a look at how to avoid your book reading as if it has personality disorder. What do I mean by that?

Basically, this is what happens if your writing jumps between character Point of View (POV) without any indication. In common parlance, we know it as Head Hopping.

Unless done well, it can lead to confusion, headaches, and frustration for your readers.

Some of the most confusing places this can happen is in the middle of a section of dialogue or in the middle of a sentence (sadly, I’ve seen too many examples of the latter). One second, we read from Character A’s POV, and then all at once, we realise that we’ve switched to reading from Character B’s head instead. Worse still is when it takes a paragraph or more before we notice and then…

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