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February 2015 Novel/Prose Group
When: Fri., February 13, 1 to 3 PM; arrive at 12:30 if you'd like enjoy lunch with the group before the meeting
Location: Fifth Alarm Firehouse Pub, in Byron   http://www.fifthalarm.com/
Lunch Details: American favorites, sandwiches and burgers, soups, salads, full bar, and more

Meeting Topic: Using Multiple Points of View (POVs)

You have a noel idea for a novel but somebody's got to tell the story--a character, a narrator, a god-like narrator...multiple characters. It's the last one that concerns us this month. How many multiple characters? How do I handle them? What choices do I have to make? Writing, like life, is brimming with choices. Not just choices about character names, settings, and major plot points. No, those are the easy ones! Here we're talking the subtle, structural choices that, if done well, a reader won't even think about. At the moment, we're concerned with point of view. We've discussed POV before but this time we're focusing on what's commonly used in novels: multiple third person (two or more integral characters "telling" the story).

Pre-meeting Reading & Assignment

POV: Multiple Points of View
5 Dual-POV Writing Tips at Ava Jae's Writability - Note the article fails to mention that dual-POV style (alternating between two characters' points of view) can be done in first-person or third-person style.
Handling Multiple POVs from Jordan McCollum's blog

After you complete the reading, troll your library for two or more published novels you've read that use multiple POVs, ponder them, and bring them to the meeting with your discussion notes about what you like or dislike about the authors' choices in the following areas: character "voices," POV depth, effectiveness of multiple POV use.