Rachael Tamayo

International Best Selling Author and Book Reviewer. Author of The Friend-Zone series, Pshycological Thriller, Crazy Love, and short stories.

Mastering the Point of View Switch

More and more in books these days you might be seeing the POV switch.  Alternating the voice between 2 characters in the book, thus telling the story from two different points of view. 

As a reader, I personally love this effect in a book. It's very popular in romance now, and you might start to see it in other genre's as well.  As a writer, Its the only way I write.  I've tried to write in "one voice" and it just doesn't work for me, unless it's a short story.

The question is, how do you write it? Getting deep into one character's head is difficult enough, how on earth do you do it for two people? I suppose that would depend on you and your process. Like in real life, our characters develop their own personalities as the story flows, and their reactions play off each other. Using this, I think it's easier than you think to get into the mind of a second character. 

Read it, practice it. Keep your characters personalities true and individual.  Play them off each other, let your characters make decisions. 

In my book, I've had good feedback from readers regarding the Male point of view. They seem to love having the insight into both characters as they read. In a current work in progress of mine, Crazy Love, I actually decided to alternate between three characters.  Crazy Love is a romantic suspense (if not a thriller) in which Emily is stalked by a deranged, millionaire all while falling head over heels for a guy she runs into months after a one night stand.   I wasn't sure if switching between three people would work, but my critique group loves it. 

So step out, try something new. You might be surprised and find one more thing that makes your writing amazing.