I'm doing something with my new book that I haven't done before - changing POV within a chapter. I'm separating them by scene breaks with no more than two switches per chapter (i.e. not head hopping). I don't want to make each break a new chapter for various reasons. There are two POV characters, one male one female, which simplifies things somewhat. I feel there are two options for making this work (please tell me if you can think of others?): 1) Engineering the very first sentence of a scene to make it crystal clear whose head we're in. 2) Labelling the scenes with the POV character's name. I feel like 1) is the more elegant option, and that's what I've gone for so far, but I'm finding it restrictive. Sometimes I want to phrase the opening sentence a certain way for comic or emotional effect, and that phrasing doesn't make it clear whose POV it is. I'm iffy about labels for a few reasons. It feels lazy, it feels like a constant reminder that the reader is reading a book rather than living the story, and I don't recall seeing it in published books (though that may be because I didn't notice it). So I'm looking for reader opinions rather than writer. When reading a book, would labels bug you? I'm thinking it would look like this: Chapter 3 Jane A really amazing scene from Jane's POV that wins me a literary award. # John Another incredible scene from John's POV that wins me a billion pound movie deal.