hi! sorry if you've gotten this question before but I'm writing a novel where the fist half is entirely the POV of one girl and it works well, but in the second half new characters start coming in that make me think I might need to have multiple povs. would it be weird for me to start have multiple povs halfway through the novel?
Hi! I usually prefer books with only one POV to be honest. I think it is easier to ‘bond’ with the voice of the character and to understand the plot better. In my opinion switching POVs can get a bit messy if you don’t plan it very well. If I were you, I’d try to figure out what I really need to get across and if that would require changing my POV. If you think that the main character can’t tell the second half very well, you could maybe create something like “Part One” with her POV and “Part Two” with other characters’ POVs. Switching from one character to the other creates a fanfiction-vibe in my opinion.
Maybe you are able to stick to your main character and have the other characters tell her what they think/their background,etc. through dialogue. Or maybe your MC can eavesdrop some conversations.
You have to keep in mind that your reader doesn’t need to know everything - every motive, every thought, every answer, etc - it makes your book even more interesting if some characters are a bit mysterious. So maybe you are worrying about giving these other characters a stronger voice, but they can tell their part of the story without having chapters in their point of views. Think of Harry Potter, for example. We were always seeing everything through Harry’s POV and sometimes he discovered things while eavesdropping, being somewhere where he shouldn’t be, reading a letter/diary…so there are many ways to avoid different POVs and still get everything you need across. I would be carefull with switching POVs.
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