Thursday, January 18, 2018

What is your preferred way of exposing your characters, their thoughts, and emotions?


Interesting and challenging topic this month. Considering viewpoints in writing (omniscient, ie. author's viewpoint, or first person, second person, or third person in character's viewpoint),what is your preferred way of exposing your characters, their thoughts, and emotions? How do you switch between characters viewpoint?
Thanks, Rhobin for making me really think. Personally, I find first person frustrating. I want a more comprehensive view of the story.
I prefer third person in character's viewpoint. I like to see what’s happening through when the character sees it. I write in third person so that’s probably one reason. But I like to be part of the scene and the action through the third person.

I switch from one characters POV with scene changes. Occasionally if I change POV mid-scene I do a break.
I’m interesting how other authors handle this.

 

12 comments:

  1. I've read a few books recently where one chapter is in first person and the next in third. I think I'd find it confusing to write that way but it seems to work.

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    1. It may work for reading, but I'm not sure I could write that way. Thanks, Victoria.

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  2. I agree about 3rd person and changing viewpoints, Beverley. This can add a different dimension to the story which the reader knows but the character's don't, which can build tension, too. Enjoyed your post.

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    1. Thanks Rhobin. It was a thought provoking topic.

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  3. I use scene breaks or a new chapter most of the time when writing in third person limited in the viewpoints of two or more characters. The only time I don't is generally the first kiss or the first love scene in a romance. I don't want to jerk the reader out of the experience, but I do want to know what both the man and the woman are thinking, feeling and desiring. So, then I have to work hard to lead the reader without losing them into the other point of view. It's a transition that takes some thought, but worth it.

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  4. I use a line break, too, Beverley, when changing POV. For digital books I also add an asterisk, as sometimes the line break isn't as obvious in a digital book.

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