Sorry for the long absences. Besides being insanely busy, I realized that I was putting way too much pressure on myself about this blog.
I started the Science of Injury series here last month and, while I enjoy writing them, they take about two hours each to complete, and I just have little time for that right now. Or, I get intimidated by the length of time required.
So, while I do plan to continue that series over the next few months, I’m not going to allow myself to be stressed over my blog. I love it dearly, but this is an outlet for me, and there are too many stressors in life to add one more to the mix.
From here on, at least for a while and not including my Science of Injury posts, my entries will be much shorter.
Today’s quandary: changes in point of view (POV) from first chapter to second.
I’m currently in the process of rewriting my first book (again!) and my first chapter came to me in a different voice than the rest of them.
Now the first chapter is being told from a completely different POV than my MC, but she picks it up from chapter two through the end of the book. It is still third person omniscient, but the voice is someone else’s until the set-up of chapter one is complete.
I’ve seen this successfully managed by other writers.
Rachel Gibson’s book Not Another Bad Date begins with the death of a character, and the first chapter is from her viewpoint in Heaven, which is actually a department store. It’s an interesting take, I’ll grant you. We see her POV a couple other times in the book, but otherwise it stays with the MCs. And it’s seamless. Again, it sets up the rest of the story from an interesting angle.
George R.R. Martin switches POV pretty much every chapter in his Game of Thrones series, though mine is middle grade, so I don’t want to confuse my young readers. Although young readers, I find, are often more intuitive than older readers.
Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles switches POV many times, especially between chapters. It doesn’t bother me at all, but I know it can be distracting for others.
J.K. Rowling’s first chapter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, as well as Goblet of Fire and Half Blood Prince. It sets up the background so the reader knows a bit more than the MC does, which is as it should be, I think.
Those are just a few examples. Does anybody else have examples of changes in POV? What do you think of POV changes, especially if it’s only the first chapter? Do you have any preferences?