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A Point of View on POV

I’ve been thinking about POV a lot recently because I’m switching back to third person for the seventh (and final) book in the series. I’m not sure if my reluctance to dive into writing it is due to the difficulty of the POV change, or the fact that I don’t want to say goodbye to my characters! So, I thought I’d write a blog post about my experiences with POV in the hopes it would get me writing.

The first four books are written in third person, although I did tend to shadow one character at a time in a chapter or scene and describe their thoughts or perspective. Whenever the main characters are in a scene together, I have to guard against head-hopping, but the third person POV still gives me a lot of freedom in terms of revealing personality traits, backstory, and plot developments.

Books five and six, Cal’s story and Galen’s story, are written in first person, which was a change and a challenge I really enjoyed. I got to know both characters so well. In both cases, the difficult part wasn’t just how to reveal story elements where my main character was absent, but also the fact that secondary characters can only be seen through that main character’s eyes. (However, it was fun being able to show what Cal and Galen thought about Jax and Shannon!).

Here are a couple of extracts showing the same scene in third person (close on Jax and Shannon in Seeking Magic) and first person (Galen in book six). There is a whole lot more to Galen’s story than I was able to show in Seeking Magic, but I thought it still made sense to keep the short crossover. He doesn’t like Jax and Shannon very much in this scene, but he changes his mind later on!

Having looked at the two points of view side by side, I can see there are advantages to both. And I stay so close to the thoughts of my main characters even in third person that perhaps I won’t find book seven as much of a mental shift as I feared. Looks like today’s blog post might have been very helpful 😊

Book seven will be a return to Jax, Shannon, Darius, and Penny. I’m hoping to spend more time getting to know Darius in this book. Out of the four, he’s the one whose perspective has had the least focus. I wrote the prologue a little while ago (which is as close to plotting as I ever get), so I know the challenge I’m writing towards, and let’s just say that Darius is certainly facing a bit of a problem!

What do you prefer as a writer or as a reader? Is your writing style in terms of POV the same as the books you enjoy the most, or is it different? Thank you for reading my blog post today!

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