I had to quit reading a book published by a Big Six publisher last week, as the narrative was a little too confusing. The head-hopping was too much and I didn’t want to waste time trying to sort it out.
Head-hopping: an author switches point of view characters within a single scene or even a paragraph. This can be quite confusing, like watching an unbalanced tennis match.
The problem could have been resolved in the revision process if the author had an editor’s eye on their work prior to publication, which I doubt they did.
Point of view must be consistent throughout the narrative but doesn’t have to be solely that of one character. However, it should only be shown from one character at a time.
In my own work, each of the major players has a story. Sometimes they have something to say that advances the story, so…
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