For an intro into where these tips are coming from, please see my post: A Full Manuscript Rejection, or a Gold Mine? You can also click “Rant Worthy Topics” in my right navigation bar. Choose “Gold Mine Manuscript” to see all the lessons to date.
At one point in the red-lining of the manuscript, the publisher stopped, and wrote a full page explaining the importance of careful Point of View switching. I’m glad you’re on a computer… It means you’re probably already sitting down. A lot of you might not like this much. I know I didn’t.
The publisher counted nine different POVs in the Gold Mine Manuscript. They said the problem with this is the reader can’t get deep into one character. They realized the author was going to different POVs to give background, but they said that they could not relate to these new characters, because they hadn’t learned enough about them to understand their motives. It makes it very difficult to feel anything for any specific character.
They cautioned against switching to POVs that are not intrinsic to the story just to give background, conflict, or added tension.
The publisher recommended **Gack** editing it to three points of view, one of them being the female character, who had not been a strong POV character in the original.
THAT’S REMOVING 6 POINTS OF VIEW!
Now, I must say that I’ve read a partial revise of the gold mine manuscript. Do not be daunted. I’ve seen that this can be done. If a scene in an “unnecessary POV” has important information in it, you just need to get creative and find a way for the POV characters to be there, or overhear what happened. It’s possible. You just need to broaden the scope of your thinking.
In my next post, I will show you the tool I used to break down my POV characters… and yes, I needed a tool. I was surprised with how many POV’s I had!
- Swapping POVs: How to Switch from one POV to Another without a jolt (pronovelist.wordpress.com)
- Writers Tips #84: 20 Hints that Mark the Novice Writer (worddreams.wordpress.com)
- Pov 101 (smpauthors.wordpress.com)