By: Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy)
In my continuing series on point of view, I promised I’d explain the difference between omniscient POVand head hopping. Before I do that, we need to get one thing out of the way.
Head-hopping is never good. Sometimes an author can get away with it, but it’s never ideal and it never makes your story stronger. Never.
Omniscient POV, on the other hand, is a valid point of view for fiction. It might not be the most popular or the most commonly used in 21st century fiction, but there’s nothing wrong with it. And some stories are even best told in it.
Obviously, the tricky part for most writers is telling them apart. I’m going to show you the secret for keeping them straight.
To be head hopping, a passage needs to meet two criteria:
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