Monday, August 24, 2009

Switching Up Style

I have five POVs in my sequel and I'm at the point where information is spilling out and the threads will begin to come together. Up until now, it has seemed like the stories were barely related, with the simple common thread that the characters were experiencing some kind of weirdness.

For the most part, I have been writing chronologically, except for a few straggling scenes I felt compelled to sketch out when a creative burst hit. Now, I think I'm going to write each POV several scenes ahead, so I can keep track of things better.

If you're working on a larger written work, do you ever switch your style as you're going along? I'm curious to know if and how people adapt their style and method to better flow with inspiration and productivity.

~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.


  1. Whenever I switch styles it's an accident and people get testy with me about it. ;) It's a skilled writer who does it deliberately and well. Go, Courtney!

  2. Haha. Thanks for your encouragement.

  3. Can't say that I've ever switched styles. Perhaps because I outline so thoroughly beforehand, I always know what the tone is going to be throughout. Or maybe I'm just too OCD for my own good!

  4. I have the same tone, but I switched my method of penning the scenes. At scenes breaks, for now, instead of writing what's next in line in my actual book, I write the scene that's next for that character.

  5. Five pov's is quite a challenge.
    I can just about manage three.
    As to changing style, I think I approach
    each project differently and within each one
    have to put myself in a different mindset.

  6. The five POV's gives me freedom actually to show more of my story, so it's been fun. I'm toying with adding one more, but trying to see if I can avoid it.