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    POV changes for one chapter

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Chris_L, May 18, 2011.

    Hi all -- I have a quick question about the point of view in a novel. Basically, the entire novel is from the perspective of the main character. During the novel, that character goes off the grid (i.e. unconscious), so I have a chapter dedicated to the perspective of a supporting character. However, this is the only chapter I have dedicated to this supporting character. Is this bad form? Should I introduce more chapters with this supporting character's frame of mind?
     
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    Only if their POV provides information that's crucial to the story that the readers can't get from the main character's POV. Otherwise, your way is fine. There are no rules.
     
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    I agree with Mallory.

    The only way I can see it causing any kind of harm/confusion is if the supporting character isn't well developed and it appears that they are just going through the motions while waiting for the MC to arrive.
     
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    Thanks for the input!
     
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    I would write more about this second perspective to give more balance, or harmony, to the structure of the novel.
     
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    The only thing worse than a one-and-done POV character, is one the writer only fleshed out in an attempt to make it look like they weren't just needing a one-and-done POV character.
     
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    I'm trying this with my current project, I find its okay if you dedicate chapters to POV rather than switching character mid point.
     
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    Thanks for the additional input. I'm going to read through everything again and then critically analyze that one chapter. If it just doesn't fit, then I may cut it... or, if I really like it, I may expand on it. Regardless, thanks for all the thoughts and ideas!
     

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