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  1. Delrohir

    Delrohir Member

    Sep 16, 2015
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    Changing perspective briefly

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Delrohir, Sep 27, 2015.

    I have got to a certain chapter in my book where I know exactly what I want to happen in that chapter, but when I write it from the perspective (still third person) of the main character it just, sounds wooden...

    So for this chapter I am thinking of writing it from the perspective of his companion. It will be an interesting opportunity I think for the reader to see the main character from a different angle.

    What do you guys think? How would you smoothly change the perspective?

  2. Aaron Smith

    Aaron Smith Contributing Member Contributor

    Jun 2, 2013
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    Bret Easton Ellis did it in a chapter in his book American Psycho where he switched from first-person to third-person, partially to accentuate Patrick Bateman's dissociation, and to allow for an objective narration of the event. It was an erratic scene, to say the least. And I doubt it could be done without the sudden change in narration.
    He used a creative method to indiciate the change of first and third person.

    "I walk down the sidewalk...
    ...Patrick sees a girl he would like to vivisect, maybe play with her offal..."
  3. hilal

    hilal Active Member

    Sep 3, 2015
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    I'm no expert but you will have to experiment a little. Post different samples here and we will figure it out together.
    Delrohir and Aaron Smith like this.

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