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02 May 2008 @ 02:44 pm
Writerly update to yesterday's question  
Hmm. Okay.

So, in the first 18,000 words, I have added two small scenes of different POVs than Mercy's. One takes place on the same ship, and deals with two of the side characters but specifically relates to and progresses Mercy's story, and for the other, well, i have two options:

~ It could take place on the other side of the universe, giving the reader the first glimpse of this Commonwealth I keep mentioning, and the actual working government Mercy fights for. I think this might be necessary because it makes the Commonwealth and the monarchy something real, and not just exposition in the book.

~ the other option is to keep it to the characters already introduced. The same information would be relayed, but through the same POV character as the previous short switch. My concern here is that I don't want people thinking this is the only other character the POV can shift to. Which is what led me to "How else could I do this?" which is what led me to the option above.

What do you all think, if this even makes sense with the little information you have?

ETA: Oh, and when I say short scene, I mean around 1000 words. Maybe a little under or over, but short, and a complete scene break. I do not switch POV within the same scene, ever. I've seen it done successfully, but I do not want to go there as a writer if I can avoid it.
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a joyful girl getting loudperi_peteia on May 2nd, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I feel as though if the Commonwealth scene is actually necessary in a larger context than just introducing alternate POV scenes you should just go with that.
KayJayUU: writerkayjayuu on May 3rd, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Hm. I'm not as versed in long fiction as short (and not "versed" in that, it's just my preference and what I've written). But I do know the adage "if you introduce a gun in chapter one, you'd better use it by chapter X (paraphrased from the stage and screen). Ie, if you expose the Commonwealth in its own little scene early enough, I would think it should be utilized again later on for continuity. Just my feelings. Feel free to ignore.
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: sad flygirlsabaceanbabe on May 3rd, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Personally, I'd take a trip to the other side of the universe, just based on the info you've provided here. :)