Dear esteemed writerly fellows, I have a POV question!
I’m in the process of outlining The Armageddon Showdown Book II (yes, and still editing Book I), and am trying to decide which POV to use.
Book I was third-person limited, which worked quite well, however I am toying with third-person multiple (albeit limited to two characters), for Book II.
My questions are as follows:
- In a series, should you (or have you) followed the same POV format as in previous books in the series? *Note: the character who provided the third-person limited POV in Book I will not be appearing in Book II, so I’m forced to use a new character’s POV regardless.
- Is it worth writing third-person multiple POV throughout the entire book because of two scenes that I’d really like to play out through the eyes of a particular character? Don’t get me wrong, I will give this character more scenes if I do decide to use his POV as well as the other character’s… but I had originally planned to use just her POV.
- If you’ve written third-person multiple, how did you differentiate POVs between chapters / scenes? Did you title the chapter after the POV character (as per George Martin’s GoT series)? Or did you leave it up to the reader to figure out whose POV they’re now in?
- If you have written in third-person limited POV and have something happen that your POV character isn’t involved in, how did you explain the ‘off camera’ action.
- For example, a scene involves an intimate murder and I wanted to write it from the murderer’s perspective as he’s murdering the victim. My POV character is elsewhere. I know I can have the POV character find the dead body and deduce the murder, but I really wanted to show this murder happening (for reasons I can’t go into for fear of spoilers!) – Hence why I want the murderer to also be a POV character throughout the Book.
Tell me, what do you think?