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Cool ways for writers to control head-hopping…

August 31, 2015

added titles to the chapter when the character changed, or I spaced the paragraph to let you know a break/change was happening. Normally, in printed copy it’s not a problem changing up scenes or characters, but I have noticed that on a Kindle some parts (either sentences or paragraphs) get squashed together and even separated by huge gaps. I’ve never seen my novel on Kindle so I have no idea what kind of a mess it’s in. I’m not sure I want to know either.

Matthew Wright

One of the common pitfalls for novice novellists is ‘head hopping’, when the point of view changes from character to character within the same paragraph or sentence.

Essential writing fuel! Essential writing fuel!

Many ‘how to write’ lessons offered to novice writers involve stomping, quite hard, on the practise – and for good reason. It’s often confusing to the reader, and it also breaks the flow of the narrative because, even in an ‘eye of god’ story where different characters become the narrative focus over time, that narrative has to be told in reasonable chunks.

And I guess that for writers early on the learning curve, that’s a useful way of getting into the habit of envisaging scenes from a single viewpoint.

Avoiding head-hopping is vital for first-person or third-person locked points of view – when only what the character knows can be included. But narrative viewpoint changes are sometimes a vital part of…

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