Saturday, May 15, 2010

What's at Stake?

A few weeks ago, Elizabeth blogged about coincidence over at What Women Write. Kim often has information fall into her lap at precisely the right time.

Coincidence or not, I came across Donald Maass' Writer Unboxed blog post on point of view (POV) at exactly the right time. My current WIP is told in multiple POV--three in present day and two in the past. I've been struggling with whether or not to continue one of the present day character's POV. Maass suggests you figure out what's at stake for your POV character and how to make it worse. (If you haven't read his books on writing--you should!)

Maass also writes: "Three points of view aren’t that many. Three storylines—how hard is that? What’s hard is making those extra storylines compelling, whole and connected."

Not so easy to do! But I'm up for the task. Good thing I love the story!

What do you think? Do you like reading novels with multiple POV? What makes those stories work or not for you?

1 comment:

Kim Bullock said...

I enjoy multiple point of view, provided the characters have distinct voices. There is always more than one side to a story and so it is interesting to see how perceptions change from one person to the next.