on Fiction University:
Another pair of eyes can add richness to a story, but is it the right thing to do for your novel?
I was once about halfway through a first draft when I realized the story was a bit bigger than I’d first thought. There was a lot of tale to tell that my protagonist wasn’t involved in, and seeing that side of the story through another character’s eyes would benefit the novel as a whole.
Of course, this novel was written in first person, so adding another point of view character also added a myriad of problems to solve. Considering the work involved to add that second point of view, I wanted to make sure it was the right call for the novel before I started mucking around in it.