OK - first things first. The New Kitchen! If you want to see a bunch more pictures, including some "Before" shots, click here.
I thought I'd continue with my POV notes as I get ready for tonight's Savvy Writers chat. Yesterday, I gave a brief "definition" of the basic point of view options. Today, a little more detail about each one. And again, any suggestions are appreciated.
Pros: Reader can see what's going on from inside several characters
Cons: Distancing. Reader starts to get involved with one character, then another takes center stage.
Not currently popular with editors.
Often reads like head-hopping as the author moves from one head to another.
"If only she'd known what waited behind the door, she'd never have opened it."
"A melody she didn't recognize as Mozart came from the room."
"Outside, unbeknownst to him, the enemy was gathering its forces for an attack."
Your POV character doesn't know this. Someone outside the story is telling the reader.
The reader is in only one character's head, and can see only what that character sees. Most common for 1st person books to be written in a single POV.
Reader can identify closely with that character.
Closest to 'real life'. We live in 1st person POV.
When something happens off the page, the reader doesn't know it if the POV character doesn't know it. A challenge to show what other characters are seeing and thinking.
Overuse of "I" gets monotonous for the reader.
Single POV – only one character's POV is used for the story
Multiple POV – several POV characters, still in 3rd person.
Restricts the author to showing only what one character sees, hears and feels, but can be as close as 1st person.
Thanks for everyone's comments yesterday. Tomorrow is Friday (already?) so we'll be taking another field trip. I think we're going to explore the Hornbek Homestead. And if you're looking for a quick read or two, please check out my Smashwords site.