Is It Okay to Use Multiple Points of View in a Novel?

Hello and Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you all are staying healthy and doing whatever you have to do to hold it together during this difficult time. I know it’s been rough for everyone but we will get through it. We just have to have a little bit of patience. Writing this new novel has kept me sane and I have been working diligently on my newest work in progress and so far, it is going quite well and I am truly enjoying the experience.

 When I started writing this new novel, I decided that it would be best told in the first person. But then as I was preparing to write chapter two it just seemed like a good idea to write in the first person of the main character of that chapter as well and to keep doing it that way so that the reader can get to know each important character in this story. I’ve never tried this method before but for some reason, it just seemed like the thing to do.

Originally, I was not going to write this story in the first person because I did it with my last novel. But once I started writing, that is how it naturally came out. When I write, I try to let the story dictate how it wants to be told and not force something that isn’t going to work. The story takes on a mind of its own at a certain point and the author needs to follow its lead.

In my honest opinion it is okay to write in multiple points of view as long as you stay in either first person, second person, third person limited or third person omniscient. For those who are not familiar with the four points of view:

  • First Person – I, Me, My
  • Second Person – You, Your
  • Third Person – She/He, Her/His

I don’t even want to tell you how I was originally going to write this story because it’s too embarrassing but let’s just say I would’ve broken a very important rule in writing in points of view. But I didn’t understand that it was the wrong way to write a novel but after doing some research, I discovered that it would not only confuse the hell out of my readers but cause them to mistrust the way that I write entirely. And I don’t want to do that.

It is very important to know what the rules of writing are and which ones you can break and which ones you can’t. Sometimes if you are exceptionally creative you can break a rule and make it sound so unique that readers will accept what you’ve done. But you have to be cunning about it and know what you’re doing. Otherwise, it can ruin the entire story. And once it’s published there is no going back to fix it. Trust me for I have learned this the hard way. But every day I learn something new and I like that. It doesn’t mean that you don’t know what you’re doing. It just means you need to learn more about it.

Never stop learning.

Have a great week everyone.

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