Character Point of View Part 2

Since I posted a blog on Character Point of View earlier this week I’ve gotten a ton of email, IM’s and posts.  Seems to be a topic worth returning to, and specifically with how that POV thing can be tweaked for effect.

 

I first experimented with shifting points of view for a scene in GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle Books, 2006), and in that case I had to select which character’s point of view (even in 3rd person) would inform the scene.  I had an ensemble cast and throughout the books different scenes were filtered through one or another character’s perspective.  And then I had a scene where three of the key players were in the same scene.  Because I wanted an emotional connection to the scene I wanted to make sure that the scene played out from one character’s POV.  I wrote it three different ways -from the POV of the bad guy (Karl Ruger), from his intended victim (Val Guthrie) and from the hero (Crow).  Each version made the scene feel different. 

 

In the end I chose to begin the scene with Ruger’s POV, because he’s in charge of the moment; but as the scene moves on I gradually shifted it to Crow’s POV as he begins to dominate the encounter.

 

I’ve gotten a lot of very positive feedback about the scene, which involves a seriously down-and-dirty fight scene in the rain.  Some of the most stimulating feedback was from folks who have been in the fiction biz a lot longer than I have.

 

Experimentation expands the writer’s mind!

 

Jonathan Maberry

www.ghostroadblues.com

www.jonathanmaberry.com

 

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2 Responses to “Character Point of View Part 2”

  1. Trina Allen Says:

    Johathan,
    POV can be so difficult to shift, and like you say, writing from different points of view can help. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    I have struggled in my young adult novel in progress with wizards shifting into animals. I’ve had to write from the character’s POV, but yet making sure they act like the animal they are. Not the easiest task.

    Trina

  2. Indigo Eyebrow Says:

    This topic is very interesting indeed. I took a look at the whole blog, too and I found it very stimulating.

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