How to Write Point of View, Part 7, Switching Point of View

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Hi SErs! Harmony here 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about how to write Point of View (POV) and how to switch from one to another within the same story.

As you have seen, each POV choice comes with its pros and cons. One of the biggest Cons can happen when you switch POV during your narrative. This can be switching to another character’s head in the same lens, or it can be changing to a new lens entirely. When done well, such switches can become one of your story’s biggest Pros.

Ways of Changing from one head to another:

  1. Leave an extra line space between paragraphs
  2. Insert a symbol or image to clearly mark the shift
  3. Start a new chapter

Ways of Changing Lens:

  1. Always start a new chapter

Best Practices:

For any shift to a new lens–for example, from third person to…

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