Stop the Head-hopping: Picking the Right POV for Your Story

A Writer's Path

by Amanda L. Webster

How do you know what point of view is right for your story? Honestly, the degree of intimacy your story requires is completely up to you. It comes down to artistic choice. Whatever POV you choose, the important thing is to keep it consistent to avoid confusing your readers.

Head-hopping is one of the many distractive elements of writing that can remind your reader that she is reading, thus pulling her out of the story. To avoid head-hopping, if you need to switch POVs, you should include some sort of visual indicator to tip readers off to the fact that a POV switch is about to take place. This could be as simple as providing a new header that includes the name of the POV character to let the reader know a POV switch is coming.

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One thought on “Stop the Head-hopping: Picking the Right POV for Your Story

  1. There’s so many different ways of changing POVs being used these days. I remember when using more than one character in first point of view (in the same book) was really thought as quite unprofessional and risky for indie authors. Now everyone is doing it!

    Great post. Thanks. 🙂


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