Out of Your Head

Out of Your Head

By Deborah S. Rossman and Mary Ann Heathman

“Crazy title, isn’t it? Impossible, too. In the real world, you can’t leave your head anymore than you can go into someone else’s. When viewpoint is handled properly, the reader gets inside the character’s thoughts and stays there in the same way she remains in her own mind in life. She lives the character from his field of knowledge, through his eyes alone, and with all the uncertainty and concern of actual experience. This means that the character can’t watch his hair catch rays of sun, or see his own blue eyes shine with interest. He can’t see the villain sneaking up behind him.”

Keeping in viewpoint doesn’t have to limit the writer. Rather, point of view is a tool that builds credibility in the story, a device to focus control on the main character.

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