“What,” you ask? “Method POV writing? I thought the term was method acting.”
Method POV is how you eliminate head hopping. Method POV is also how you inbed emotion into your story.
If you become the character, you won’t switch back and forth because you’ll be immersed in one character’s experiences. Some successful writers don’t adhere to this policy. Nora Roberts constantly switches POV. I love her books, and that’s the only thing she does that annoys me. At (I think this is the year—where does time go?) the 1996 RWA conference in Dallas, Nora said, “I like to know what all the people in the room are thinking.”
Fine, but we don’t have her fan base or star status. We must stick to one or two POV’s per scene? We love all our characters, so which one do you choose for the POV? A good choice is to pick the character who has the most to lose in the scene and use his/her POV.
John held up a handkerchief, “This looks like yours and I found it near Higgins’ body. Did you see Higgins die?”
“No, of course not.” Mary appeared flustered and wouldn’t meet his gaze. “Why would you ask that of me?”
She’s lying, John thought. Perhaps Higgins attacked her and she killed him in self defense.
They died in a fire when I was eighteen. Some believed I killed them. Maybe so, but they deserved it. Since then, I’ve been alone. Sometimes alone is better. I’ve always been alone, never hoped for more.
Don’t you love being you? A god or goddess builds a world and its inhabitants to fit your requirements? Do you have a crown or tiara to wear while you write?
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