I found this post fascinating and extremely helpful! Attention writers! … At some point, we all struggle with POV … The information below is amazingly insightful! .. ENJOY!
(reblogged: Original Poster – Ciara ballintyne … link to original post at bottom)
I am aware there are books that have broken this rule, but I personally hate this technique, and there’s a reason the rule exists. It can be confusing and disorienting for the reader to try and work out which one of multiple viewpoint characters ‘I’ now designates, and it can also be difficult to really settle into and relate to multiple characters from inside all their heads. I personally detest books written in this way. I’m not a fan of first person to start with, although I enjoy Diana Gabaldon, but multiple viewpoint characters in first frankly just turns me off. The only time you can maybe get away with it is if each viewpoint character has a very distinct voice.
‘…but Privet Drive had hardly changed at all. The sun rose on the same tidy gardens and lit up the brass number four on the Dursleys’ front door; it crept into their living room, which was almost exactly the same as it had been on the night when Mr Dursley had seen that fateful news report about the owls. Only the photographs on the on the mantelpiece really showed how much time had passed.’
‘Isaiah gave a small shrug. That is of no matter at the moment. “Tell me how you feel. There have been times since I pulled you from the water when my physicians feared they might lose you back to death.”
Axis rested back against the pillows, not entirely sure how to respond. He’d been walking with his wife Azhure…’
- First – I gave a small shrug. That was of no matter at the moment.
- Third – Isaiah gave a small shrug. That is of no matter at the moment.
- Omniscient – Isaiah gave a small shrug. He thought it was of no matter at the moment.