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    When Should You Switch POV?

    Early Harlequin romances were written in 3rd person from the heroine’s pov (point of view). It was quite a while before the hero was allowed his pov. Once he was, it wasn’t uncommon for writers to “head hop.” (Go from the heroine’s thoughts to the hero’s and back.) When I started writing romances, I was head hopping—not within a paragraph, but within a scene. It wasn’t until 1990 that a new editor (to me) suggested I stay in one pov for a scene. (She was, however, okay with head hopping in a love scene.) Her feeling was by staying in one character’s pov the reader would feel closer to that…

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    Head-Hopping

    This month (all 8 days of it) I started transcribing my last Harlequin Temptation —STORYBOOK HERO—so I can put it out as an e-book. That book was published in 1989, before I started writing for Bantam’s Loveswept line, before my editor there chastised me about “head-hopping.” For anyone not familiar with this term, head-hopping is when you’re in one character’s “head” or point-of-view (POV) in one paragraph and in another character’s POV the next paragraph. A really bad example is when the writer “head-hops” within the same paragraph. Now there are published books where you’ll find the writer switches from one POV to another on a page and you have…