20 hours ago
My saga is about twelve modern-day Apostles as kids. I couldn't tell the story any other way than omniscient POV. My head-hopping is, at times, amateurish, but I'm a novice writer like most on Authonomy. If you've created many interesting characters, I think your readers want to know about what's going on in their minds. Unfortunately, the number of characters in my novel rose exponentially to where the only solution was breaking the manuscript up into a four book series. I received a great deal of help from fellow Authonomite Wiz Wharton( a wonderful writer) who suggested that I read Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Reading this novel might be of some use to you, Janny. Posted: 07/05/2012 19:24:10
17 days ago
If you've made a conscious decision to do it and it is in the best interests of the story to execute it this way and you can deliver well in that form, it may well be fine.
If you did it because you don't know any better, it may well be a mess. Posted: 07/05/2012 19:29:17
31 days ago
Don't head hop within a scene. When you are rich and famous, do what you want. Until then, it can't hurt to follow a few rules. Posted: 07/05/2012 19:30:25
Good example: use it in a comic scene between two potential lovers to draw comedy out of misunderstandings eg he thinks one thing, she thinks another, and it amuses the reader that neither knows what the other is really thinking.
Or be Terry Pratchett. Posted: 07/05/2012 19:32:46
9 hours ago
Story is king. Or queen.
I've heard it both ways. Posted: 07/05/2012 19:35:14
I bet you have. Posted: 07/05/2012 19:37:12
HEARD. Not HAD. Posted: 07/05/2012 19:39:23
Don't head hop within a scene. When you are rich and famous, do what you want. Until then, it can't hurt to follow a few rules. @Colin, I think we’re kind of making the same point just reaching for it from different angles. There are few people here who are ‘average’ readers. Most of us read as writers, it’s unavoidable because it’s who we are. Even the most inexperienced newbie will eventually learn enough about the craft to force them to read differently. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I’m just guessing it’s not a true reflection of how the mass market reads. Posted: 08/05/2012 14:54:52
Don't head hop within a scene. When you are rich and famous, do what you want. Until then, it can't hurt to follow a few rules.
HEARD. Not HAD. Posted: 08/05/2012 14:55:08
HEARD. Not HAD.
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