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Tish77 from Central Qld, Australia is reading something different everytime I log in... Currently The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank March 10, 2012 - 4:30pm

Just a question:
I have started a novel telling the story from one person's point of view, as writer's are prone to do, I have become quite attached to my narrator and I enjoy her telling the story. However, I am at a point in my novel where I am finding her point of view a little limiting and I am thinking about giving another person (or people) a voice in the novel. I'm sure there are no hard and fast rules that exist but what is the general feeling about changing the point of view?

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs March 10, 2012 - 4:38pm

It probably depends on how much you've written. If you use a different POV, either give that character an equal amount of content or go back and write a few sections of their POV here and there to break to break up the primary POV.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner March 10, 2012 - 5:12pm

I wouldn't mind taking a look just to see what you got. 

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Cartersdaddy from Pennsylvania is reading Room March 10, 2012 - 6:17pm

Just finished reading a novel (Joseph Nassise-Eyes to See) that had a single POV broken up by chapters in third person.  The hero was working through the story and the enemy/outside forces were written in chapters between the main story. It was odd at first but the author made it work by bring the two together in the climactic scenes. He also used this first-third-first person writing to intro supporting characters.  It took a little time to get accustomed to reading but you could always put your own spin on it.

 

Hopefully this makes some sense or helps!

Matt 

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks March 10, 2012 - 6:24pm

Jodi Picoult does this in almost all of her novels and she's a raging success in the YA community. Even Stephen King praised her novels as well-written. All you have to do is make sure you don't focus on one character for too long; don't let your narrator dominate your novel, no matter how attached you are. Hell, I find it hard focusing on one POV because I'm so attached to all of my characters.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs March 10, 2012 - 7:50pm

I once wrote a novella with 3 different points of view: 1 in first person and the other 2 in third. I did that because I wasn't confidant with my writing enough to think I could pull off three voices that sounded nothing alike in the same book.

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Tish77 from Central Qld, Australia is reading something different everytime I log in... Currently The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank March 11, 2012 - 11:51pm

Thanks for all your replies! As usual LitReactor gives me much food for thought!

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel March 12, 2012 - 4:00am

Martin's Game of Thrones series breaks up each character into their own chapter to move the story along. Maybe look at what he did and see if that might be something to look into. Just a random thought.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks March 12, 2012 - 7:58am

^That's Jodi Picoult's exact style. All of her books read the same, but they're definitely one of the best tools to help teenagers learn the craft of writing, hands down. Usually, either her chapters or sections of each chapter are in different voices and POVs.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 12, 2012 - 8:02am

You know, I can't stand Picoult.  Althuogh I didn't realize they were geared towards teens - so that might actually account for a lot of it. 

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons March 12, 2012 - 11:58am

^^^^^ was going to say something similar

 

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Tish77 from Central Qld, Australia is reading something different everytime I log in... Currently The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank March 15, 2012 - 12:08am

I have read a few Picoult books and they are okay but formulaic for sure. I will check out other recommendations though :)