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    Is it ok

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Bartleby, Dec 13, 2010.

    Is it ok to start your story in first person and then after the opener go into a different view? or should you be one consistent view the entire time?
     
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    As long as you find ways of making it not confusing. There are stories which alternate first person points of view - sometimes mix first and third. Although the Hardy Boys I think Undercover series is only one I can think of off the top of my head lol

    They gave me the idea for my second book - not sure if I am keeping it but have half from one first person POV, half from another and the final scene is third person.
     
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    Its best not to
    though i have seen some good writers that do it beautifully

    a general rule is don't and if you do don't do it in the same chapter

    so its up to you , but be sure not to do it to much you will confuse people
     
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    It's ok to switch up POVs as long as you're able to make both characters deep enough - in an earlier draft of a novel I made the mistake of having like 4 different 3rd-limited POVs and they were all undeveloped (I'm better with plots than characters).
     
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    Well I was just going to have the opening scene in first person, then switch to a 3'rd person POV since that is my preferred writing style.
     
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    If it's prefer d then do it, the reason most say you should not is becuse it can be kind of hard to not confuse people
     
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    Last book I read flipped from one charchter to the other on each chapter, it was the first time that I'd read a book done that way it worked very well.
     
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    It can be done. Adds another layer of "be careful" to your job as a writer, but can be and has been done.

    Good luck,
    Frank
     
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    If you're going to change from one PoV to another, I would advise having some kind of purpose for doing so. Don't engage in an endeavor that'll confuse your audience unless you have a really good reason for doing it.
     
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