Yep. Not really getting much done. But my CP did point out (at least twenty times) when I made a boo-boo with my point-of-view. I didn't think much about it. When you write in third person you can use any person right? Umm... no.
Super quick overview of Point-Of-View (POV):
First person - I, me
Second person - you
Third person - She/he
Example of what you cannot do:
The minds of the young children were swirling with the thoughts of such a delicious feast. They continued to ask her questions until Dalia seemed uninterested. Edom guessed she was homesick.
Unless Edom can read their minds – this is a POV shift – more omniscient then limited in the first sentence. Then it almost feels like Dalia's POV in the second and finally to Edom. The majority of the novel is from his POV, except when I make big mistakes like that. Oops.
Last night, I was reading a book and I became super confused. The book is written in third-person from the POV of Julia. All of a sudden, the new chapter started out referring to "he" and the readers gets his actions only and his thoughts. It took two pages to figure out which male the "he" was referring to. No mention of Julia until halfway through the chapter when it awkwardly transitions back to Julia's POV. Umm.... yeah, that didn't work out.
Ways to Prevent Misuse of Point-Of-View
1. Pick your point-of-view and stick with it
Yes, you are free to change your point-of-view in the revision process, but it has to be consistent throughout the story. If the story is written in third-person from a certain character, keep it the same throughout.
2. If you want to use the POV from different characters, make sure it is clearly marked.
Many authors will write each chapter from the voice of a different character, switching back and forth. Jodi Picoult writes each chapter in such a fashion. It's a doable technique. I personally cannot read Jodi Picoult because that POV switching annoys me and I can't read it. But it can be done.
3. Remember, you can never be the head of two characters at the same time (exception: omniscient POV)
Edom thinks Dalia is cute. Dalia thinks Edom is annoying. It cannot be the same point-of-view. Edom can guess Dalia's emotions by her behaviors, but he cannot be inside her head. This isn't Twilight and most people can't read minds.
4. Find the POV you are most comfortable writing in
Personally, I've written in third person and first person. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but both can be strong writing if they are well-written. If you write in second person, more power to you. I can't do that.
What are other ways to prevent misuse of point-of-view? Have you discovered any books where there is POV switching and it is confusing?