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    The Name Game

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Laser Sailor, Aug 7, 2010.

    Bringing characters into the story

    I'm having a hard time trying to bring in new characters. I'm writing with a limited POV, fixed on the main character but I want to bring in new people that he hasn't met yet. How do you suggest doing this, I know I'll have to switch POV but I thought that was something to avoid.
     
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    Can you have them in the same place without knowing each other yet (like they're both at a mutual friend's party, or a train station or whatver)?

    Then the MC can describe them, overhear their conversations, etc.

    When you say limited POV, do you mean 1st person or 2nd?
     
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    No I wanted to keep their meeting until the climax, one the protagonist and the other is a minor antagonist.

    I'm using 3rd person, I've been told it's best to avoid changing POV between characters. But I see it done all the time, is it just a more advanced way to write? Perhaps I'm just confused by a misinterpretation.
     
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    It's okay to pull back on your POV when the minor characters are the focus of the scene, especially when your protagonist isn't present. Just remember to be consistent with your POV. If it's your protagonist's scene use the "correct" POV.
     
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    You could either wait until your focus character meets them, or you can switch the POV in some chapters in which your focus character does not appear.
     
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    Thanks. I also read your article about his subject, exactly what I needed. The one about the mechanics of dialogue was also greatly informative.
     

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