how common is it for a writer writing an epic novel to change perspectives? I mean, I have been writing in first person for most of my story, and have reached a point that would be better suited to a different character. Vital storyline stuff that cannot be experienced by the mc, without missing a whole chunk of the story. I don't want to keep the next character in first person though, feeling it would be more appropriate to shift to third person for this particular chapter / section of the book. Not only because it seems to feel right, and flow better this way, but also because it makes it clearer to the reader that this is a little different than the way the rest of the book has been written so far - and i am nearing completion. Because I am nearing completion, I am a tad concerned about it being slightly disconcerting to the reader, but enjoy the way this next part sounds in third person best, an cannot think of it being written as effectively in first. Having the rest of the book in first person, from the same character, to switch characters now without switching to third person might be more disconcerting than not? I have come to a beautiful pausing point with my first person that I think will blend well.. What do you think about switching perspectives, as such, in a book?