AUTHORS and WRITERS! Is It Okay To Use Multiple POVS? 2

Writing the sequel to “Turning Grace” has been exciting so far. Knowing that I am finishing a story that has been so dear to me is very rewarding. The main character, Grace, has grown to pretty much a real person to me. She has a story to tell, and I’m helping her do that.

This is very much HER story to tell. When I began writing my novel, I knew right off that it was going to be from her point of view. Writing in the protagonist’s point of view has always felt natural to me, as well as reading it. I have found that if I start a book and it’s in a third person point of view, I tend to lose interest. Maybe this is because third person point of views make it hard for me to relate to the main characters. I want to feel them on a personal level and in some cases, I want to actually feel like I AM the main character.

This also goes for books that switch point of views. For example the “Twilight” series. The first book is completely Bella Swan’s POV. However, I believe it was in “Breaking Dawn” when we get chapters of Jacob’s POV. Can I be completely honest here? I lost touch with that book then. I had been reading through Bella’s eyes throughout the entire series. Going through the motions with her…and then all of the sudden I am Jacob? Not my favorite.

Now I know that some authors have written duplicates of their books, only from different POVs. Jamie McGuire did this with her novel “Beautiful Disaster”. She wrote “Walking Disaster” in the POV of the male protagonist from the first novel. I find this method of story telling really cool and different. It’s almost as if we get two sides of a story.

With all of this said, and although I don’t care to read other POVs after having read so much from the main character, I have actually been considering this for the continuation of Grace’s story.

It is extremely important to hear everything that is happening to Grace from her own words simply because this novel is aimed mostly at how she feels and views herself. She goes through major changes with her body and thought process. Looking in the mirror and emotions racing through her mind all day long is what has become of her life. It’s important for the reader to feel and understand what she is going through.

In the second novel, a character that was only seen a few times in the first has become a vital part of the story. I don’t want to give anything away, but he is the reason for a lot of situations that happen. While I was brainstorming, I thought of an idea for possibly adding a chapter that is from his POV. One of the major climaxes in the story has to do with him. I thought that maybe viewing it through his prospective could give the reader more insight on what is actually happening.

Could this be done with only one chapter? Would the readers find it interesting or will they dislike it? Possibly causing them to LOSE interest? What are your thoughts on multiple POVs when you are reading a novel?

I guess we will have to see what direction I end up taking. Playing around with the idea wouldn’t hurt. That’s the beauty of writing…you can do whatever the HELL you want!

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2 thoughts on “AUTHORS and WRITERS! Is It Okay To Use Multiple POVS?

  • Jo Post author

    Thank you for your two cents! I completely agree, it really depends on how it’s done. You make a great point about a smooth transition as well. I wouldn’t want to break up the story. And then there could be the possibility of the reader losing interest in the main character. What if the reader enjoys the other POV better? Who knows!
    What I think I might do is try it out. Maybe add it in and see if it will even work. I do have other ideas instead of changing POVs, thankfully.

  • Michael Gunter

    It really depends on how it’s done. There isn’t a specific answer to for all books; it’s the quality the writer puts into it that keeps you from being annoyed by the change.

    However, I’d say that adding a POV change in a book that is predominantly single POV is probably a bad idea, unless you’re willing to work REALLY hard to keep the transition smooth and painless.

    My two cents. 🙂