I’ve been pondering “headhopping” or changing viewpoints right in the middle of action and then back, for a little while. It came up on a writer’s list I subscribe to.
When I was learning writing the rule was “NEVER headhop.” I searched “Can headhopping work?” and found out that the prevailing advice is still “No, it’s too confusing.”
At the same time we are urged not to treat readers as if they need their hands held and everything explained to them.
I think it’s a rule writer’s might need to rethink.
The conversation on the writer’s group got me thinking, but a story I am completely obsessed with introduced me to the idea. I talked about the last two Mondays by this point. The viewpoint sometimes switches to another character and then back again.
It didn’t confuse me at all. It startled me at first, because it’s not the usual way stories are written. For me it enhanced the story. I got a flood of emotions in every scene, from all sides.
I’m going to play around with the idea little bit, maybe write some short stories with some hopping instead of sticking to one character. Just see what comes of it.
What do you think of the rule to stick to one view point? Is it a rule that is not to be broken ever in your opinion? OR do you think it can be done?
Or maybe you don’t follow any rules. Come on rebels, confess.