When you’re trying to write a novel or story, it’s important to establish the point of view you plan on writing from. One of the biggest challenges an author can take on is to write from varying points of view within one text. It can be done, but it can also be very confusing for the reader if you don’t pull it off right. For this article, I’ll be discussing what kind of stories are best for this kind of writing style and the positives and negatives that come with writing this way.
Why it’s a great option
If your focus is to introduce your readers to a complicated idea or setting, using multiple points of view can help you explain it better for the readers. Writing with different points of view will give your reader a better understanding of what is happening in the story or what the setting is like.
When it’s not the best idea
Using multiple points of view can be a detriment to your writing if your goal is to build up your characters and build a connection between your readers and those in your story. While not at all impossible to achieve, it can be difficult to get your readers to really care about the characters in your story. If you are going to use multiple points of view, you want to make sure it’s adding, not taking away from the story. There should be a reason you’re writing your novel in this way and your characters should add to the story and have their own unique voices and mannerisms within the story.
Changing the point of view
One of the best ways to switch from one character’s viewpoint to another is by changing the perspective at the start of a new chapter. This will lessen the chances of the reader getting frustrated by the changing perspective and will be able to easily figure out whose perspective they’re reading.
Map it out
If you choose to write from multiple viewpoints, make sure you come up with a roadmap for what you’re planning on doing. This will help you when you go to actually write the novel as you’ll be able to look off of your notes and know whose perspective to write next.