Wednesday, September 29, 2010

More on Viewpoint Question

We heard again from the author who asked about "author intrusion" and she said: NOW they're yelling that I'm "Head Hopping." What does that mean and how do I fix it?

Head hopping is when you switch from your viewpoint character's thoughts to someone else's. Only the viewpoint character's thought should be mentioned, as she cannot know what others are thinking, unless she's a telepath.

Here's an example from a romance we saw recently: She thought he was the handsomest hunk she had ever seen and he thought so, too.

It's not an easy problem to fix, but the way I usually choose is to insert a gesture with revealing body language for the other character.

We all read body language all the time. It does no good for someone to tell us, "I'm not upset at all," if their face is red, and their arms are crossed firmly on their chest, while one foot taps the floor.

By the way, the computer gurus didn't show yesterday at all. Will they come today? Kene Sabe.

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