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Alternating POV can result in a balanced presentation by the various characters in the telling of your story.
One of the final tips in this course is to set up a pattern eg if you are alternating, give each POV a chapter in turn. The reader gets used to this and accepts it.
Contrast this with the POV SHIFT.
This is an interesting one, because, while any change in POV can unsettle a reader, a sudden change of POV can knock the reader sideways, and this can also be used to good effect.
A sudden POV shift signals to the reader that there is a bigger picture they haven’t seen yet, wheels within wheels turning, other agendas and issues at play. It signals a shift from the need to build mystery, to the need to build suspense.
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