We’re halfway through NaNoWriMo and by now you’ve probably shared some of your writing with others.

The feedback has been almost unanimously favorable. Your spouse, your mom, even your best friend immediately recognized your natural aptitude for writing. They can’t wait for your next chapter.

Response from your online critique group, however, has you puzzled. It’s not that you put much stock in the group members’ opinions — you haven’t seen any of their names on the bestseller lists, after all! — and their harsh comments merely reflect their jealousy of your talent.

You understand. They’ve been struggling for years. It must be hard to cope with someone like you, a person for whom writing comes almost effortlessly.

Still, it’s strange how each of them seems to harp about the same thing.  POV! POV! POV! You’re beginning to wonder if POV is supposed to mean something to you.

And, come to think of it, several of them mentioned head hopping too, which conjured up a rather unpleasant image of lice hopping from one cranium to another.

Now you’ve come to me, your friend and mentor, Scarlet Hickory, to set you straight.

Well, I’m not going to do it. I will tell you POV stands for Point OView, and “head hopping” refers to jumping from one character’s POV to another character’s.

Some of the best authors do it, so it doesn’t matter in the slightest.

And that’s all I’m going to say on the subject.

Seriously? POV? It matters. 

Lexicon.net gives a brief explanation of types of points of view.

Here’s another overview from The Beginning Writer.

For the record, most romances are written using third person multiple points of view.

Kaye Dacus explains further, also touching on the fact that the two points of view most commonly used are the heroine’s and the hero’s.

And Lynn Rush offers some advice on writing the male POV in this guest post for Chuck Sambuchino’s Writer’s Digest column.




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