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message 1: by ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱, This is my witty title (head mod) (new)

ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
To risk or not to risk?

how many is too many?


message 2: by Sierra~Kelley (new)

Sierra~Kelley More than 3 is too many.


message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments I think it is a risk, but if executed properly it is definitely worth it. I have done a story with two POV's but I agree with Kelley, any more than two or three is too many.


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ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
I have three. Haha I don't think it works too well, but it is good


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments I have one story that it switches POV between each chapter. Idk if it is any good but yeah.


message 6: by Just Joe (new)

Just Joe (justjoe) I have a war story with 20 main.....yeah.... Lol it's always like an onlooker( 3 rd omniscient if I'm remembering correctly) but I switch between different groups in almost every chapter. I'm at 40 pages and everyone I sent it to said that they likes it but I think it's a little confusing...


message 7: by Sierra~Kelley (new)

Sierra~Kelley But some of the books can actually pull it off without seeming too confusing.I don't like a lot of books where they have a lot of POV's because they get in the way of understanding a particular character better.And I always like to relate well with the character.
Sure with the right execution I might just make an exception to that choice...


message 8: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments I don't think there should be any more than three. I have read a couple books that change POV between 2 or 3 characters.

Some of my favorite examples:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (2 POVs)
The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (both 3 POVs)
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson (2 POVs)


message 9: by Sierra~Kelley (new)

Sierra~Kelley LOST HERO<3


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments IKR! I have read that one and The Son of Neptune and love it as much as Percy Jackson! I cannot wait for The Mark of Minerva this fall!!!!!


message 11: by Sierra~Kelley (new)

Sierra~Kelley I haven't read Son of Neptune yet:(I don't feel like reading it either.


message 12: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments It is really good!!!!


message 13: by Sierra~Kelley (new)

Sierra~Kelley I should read it soon :/


message 14: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments Yes.


message 15: by Sierra~Kelley (new)

Sierra~Kelley :D


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Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments :D


message 17: by Sierra~Kelley (new)

Sierra~Kelley :P


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Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments :/


message 19: by Sierra~Kelley (new)

Sierra~Kelley :(


message 20: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments Why :(?


message 21: by Sierra~Kelley (new)

Sierra~Kelley Oh I though you were sad that;s why I was sad:)


message 22: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments Aww thanks, but I'm not sad. Hahah!


message 23: by ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱, This is my witty title (head mod) (new)

ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
My story has 3 POVS first person.

Sorry to interrupt


message 24: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments That's okay. And coooool!


message 25: by ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱, This is my witty title (head mod) (new)

ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
Okey dokey
So what's uppppp


message 26: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments Nutin.


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Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments The ceiling.


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ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
My IQ


message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments Gas prices.


message 30: by ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱, This is my witty title (head mod) (new)

ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
Haha

You beat me


message 31: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments Hahahah!!!!


message 32: by ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱, This is my witty title (head mod) (new)

ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
:)


message 33: by L (new)

L (audinosbiitch) The most POV changes I've made in a book is 4, but I make it fairly obvious who is who. And it's easier to do POV changes when in third person, in my opinion...


message 34: by Allison (new)

Allison (allibean) | 122 comments I agree. I am writing a story right now that may end up with up to eight POV changes. Hopefully it won't be confusing though. It won't alternate between the characters, each one gets only one chance in the spotlight.


message 35: by ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱, This is my witty title (head mod) (new)

ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
Allison wrote: "I agree. I am writing a story right now that may end up with up to eight POV changes. Hopefully it won't be confusing though. It won't alternate between the characters, each one gets only one chanc..."

That's interesting!


message 36: by L (new)

L (audinosbiitch) Allison wrote: "I agree. I am writing a story right now that may end up with up to eight POV changes. Hopefully it won't be confusing though. It won't alternate between the characters, each one gets only one chanc..."

That sounds really cool.... :-)


message 37: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments That's awesome Allison!


message 38: by Dani (new)

Dani (czarinaking) i have a couple good story ideas that i still need to fully get down on paper...

but one goes back and forth each chapter or so and the other is one POV from the main guy character.


message 39: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments I just had an amazing story idea that I'm really excited about!


message 40: by L (new)

L (audinosbiitch) Ooh!


message 41: by l (new)

l I think 3 is the highest to go up to. My new FanFic has 2 POV's.


message 42: by ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱, This is my witty title (head mod) (new)

ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
My story has three. But it's evenly divided chapters.


message 43: by Leah (new)

Leah | 64 comments I like multiple POV's as long as you know that the author is switching POV's back and forth. I read this book one time, and it took me forever to figure out that the POV's were changing.


message 44: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments In Witch and Wizard, although it clearly states this in the chapter head, I didn't realize it changed POVs until I got to chapter five. I was like, WHAT? THIS MAKES NO SENSE!


message 45: by Leah (new)

Leah | 64 comments Yup, same here. The only difference was my book was Schooled.


Ice Queen Wanderer •The Cursed Prophetess• (ari-la) | 4 comments I have a book where the Pov changes every chapter, and the first and last chapters are me. At the end of each chaper, I watch that character die.


message 47: by ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱, This is my witty title (head mod) (new)

ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ (charlie_awesome) | 766 comments Mod
:O that sounds scary


message 48: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1324) | 328 comments It does.


message 50: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie I'm considering this with my NaNo project... I'm not sure if I can actually pull it off though. At the moment my POV is between my MC and my MC's mother (because part of the story is before the MC was born)...

I'm tossing up the ideas to include a POV from another MC, but not THE MC... *shrugs*


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