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How to Write Point of View, Part 6, Common Pitfalls

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Hi SErs! Harmony here 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about how to write Point of View (POV) and the common pitfalls to watch out for.

As you have seen, each POV choice comes with its pros and cons. So, too, choice of perspective comes with common pitfalls that you’ll find it useful to be aware of.

The Common Pitfalls of Various POVs:

  1. Head Hopping
  2. All characters thinking in the same style
  3. POV impossibilities
  4. Passive Writing
  5. POV doesn’t fit your story

How do you address and avoid these POV pitfalls?

Let’s start with number one on the list … chronic head hopping happens when the narrative switches from the head (pov) of character A to character B or C, etc. without warning. Generally, the best way to change POV is to give your readers a clue that a shift is taking place. Such a…

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